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Door interlock? Have a problem with door lock. Will not recognise door is locked, and hence wont start cleaning cycle. Action so far - have replaced interlock - no effect, have also had door catch assembly apart, seems to be no issue here, and catch looks like it ehgages with interlock correctly and moves contactor - any suggestions for something I have missed or can try?? Have looked at wires, all of which seem to be correctly fitted - saw reference to a door magnet in another posting???? not sure where this would be located, assumed the assembly was based only around the interlock. Any thoughts greatly appreciated

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Rich, I can't bring anything up on that model number but if this is like the other front load models there should be a small magnet on the right side of the detergent drawer. On most front loaders if this magnet is missing, it won't start. As you pull the drawer out look to the right side just behind the front part of the drawer. The magnet itself would be about 1/4 in. by 1/2 inch. If you don't see one and you have a magnet around the house place it on the right side where the drawer would make contact to see if the washer funtions...Good luck,

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