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Washing machine will not start unless lid is slammed shut

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SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Washer doesn't spin or drain unless I open the lid.

hay this is a tougher one .i tried to find a wiring diagram but couldn' ill tellyou what im thinking.when it stops and you lift the lid and it gets going is the clue,we know motor ok it will spin .we know lid switch ok you replaced.sooooooooo take a look at your diagram and see what componets come into play by way of the lid swtch opening then closeing.some how power is diverting may be to you gave a pretty good report on whats going im reading and the running it in my say it will agaitate until in off im thinking how can that happen.there has tobe a contact point stuck.when unit gets to end of washs cycle it should pause and wait to empty then refill or spin if after rinse .the presure switch tells the timer that has been done,but if presure switch bad washer may over flow or not fill so it seams could use the process of elimanation but that could be expensive.thinking.........could the presure switch hose be blocked ,fooling the system? clean blow out.there can be no water in it before the tub can blow thru tube while attached to presure switch and with ohm meter make sure its switches are working........but check all you can to elimanate the eazy stuff and go from their.i hope ive been some can email if any questions .God bless ,tom

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Ultimate Care top load

Likely, the lid switch needs position adjustment or replacement. Open the top cover to access the switch. Connect the two switch wires together and tie up so that they can't short out to anything, then run the machine a couple of times to see if this fixes the primary problem. If so, reconnect the wires, then try the switch adjustment for fix, then replace the switch if adjustment fails.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore Elite model # 110 26962500 that

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=110.26962500+

Getting to the Lid Switch on these machines is about a 5 minute job.

First, unplug the machine.

Looking at the Sears diagram for the console, you'll see that underneath the corners of the console are two clips. Using a thin putty knife, push on these clips from the front and the entire console should tilt backward.

Looking at the diagram for the cabinet, you'll see the lid switch.

Although most top load / direct drive Whirlpool / Kenmore washers only use the lid switch during the spin mode, yours may be a bit different.

See the following Whirlpool service manual for the top load direct drive washers.$FILE/L-55.pdf

Usually, the problem with these washers not agitating points to the Motor Coupler.

Since you already have the console tilted back, it's another 5 minutes to pull the cabinet off and check the coupler.

See the following.

If the coupler is worn or damaged, replacing it takes about 10 minutes .

Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive washers use a "Motor Coupler" between the motor and transmission. It's used as a fail safe device and consists of three parts. Two of the parts are the same, plastic units with three prongs that fit on one of the motor output shafts and the other on the transmission input shaft. Between them is a rubber piece with six holes. The power from the motor is transmitted through the rubber piece to the transmission.

The other shaft on the motor directly drives the pump.

If the motor coupler is broken, or worn, the motor may not be able to send full power to the transmission for agitating or spinning. Hitting the cabinet may allow the coupler to grab and transmit power.

See the following for how to remove the cabinet, pump, motor and motor mounting plate to inspect and replace the motor coupler.

If the coupler looks damaged, it's a relatively easy fix.

Pry the plastic pieces from the motor and transmission. Some people use a claw hammer but I've found that using a small (6 inch) pry bar works well.

Carefully fit the plastic pieces over the motor and transmission shafts and press them in place (Use a 1/2" of larger socket to put pressure equally around the pieces.

Put the rubber piece on the transmission plastic piece.

Replace the motor mounting plate.

Carefully line up the plastic prongs on the motor based plastic piece to the three un-used holes in the rubber piece. If they don't line up right, the coupler could be damaged.

Mount the motor, don't forget the two screws, put the pump back on the motor and use its' clips.

Put the cabinet back on, don't forget to plug the lid switch back in and re-mount the console.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a kenmore elite model 11026942500 top load

If you suspect you have a defective timer it can easily be replaced by performing the following steps:

1. Unplug washing machine... and pull out the timer knob. Some knobs have a removeable center cap and hidden screw. Some are simply slip-fit. Remove the knob.

2. Remove console. This can be accomplished in one of two ways depending on which type of console you have.

a. If the console has removable end caps, the caps lift off by prying on the top from the back of the washer.
The cap will pull off towards you as you are facing the unit from the front of the washer.
There will be a screw under each end cap that you will need to remove.

b. If the console does not have removable end caps, you will need to slide a putty knife under the front corner of each side and push in while lifting up.
There is a retaining clip under each side that has to be released.

3. Once the console has been released it will lift up and fold back over the back of the washer in its resting position. Use care not to stress the small plastic hinges that hold it on. They can break easily.

4. Disconnect all power plugs and remove the timer's mounting screws.

5. Reinstall reverse of removal.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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SOURCE: Why do I have to slam the lid for the wash to

Your lid switch is on the way out or the hinge is loose or the lid strike is out of alignment. The lidswitch is located here
To replace it and check it you flip up the controls
The switch has 3 wires. A green ground wire and 2 hot wires. Bypass that switch by jumping out them 2 hot wires and the washer will work but you should not leave it that way if you have others around that may get hurt foolin around with the washer while it is in the spin cycle. Folks have had their arms severely damaged by trying to grab clothes while washer was in spin. So all washers are equipped with a safety lid switch. Thank you Ralph Nader. Here is a video which shows how to replace the lid switch:

I have videos, a service manual and more HERE

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The same thing happened here. It turned out to be the lid switch. It can be accessed by taking off the back plate (behind the controls) by unscrewing three screws and two screw bolts -simple.

I removed the lid switch and tested it with an ohm meter - instructions are on this site. You should have continuity across machine-motor, as well as across machine -line. (These are labeled on the switch).

If you don't have a meter and you still want to see if that's the problem, after you have removed the lid switch, short the machine and line connectors, (you'll see these labeled on the lid switch so you'll be able to figure out which wires go with what) as well as shorting the machine and motor connectors. Both of these need to be shorted. That bypasses the switch and will activate the motor and controls.

That's what I did to confirm that it was all a "lid switch " problem. I ordered a lid switch from this site for $24.95 for the repair, and will use the "shorting process" to do a couple of loads of wash as I wait three days to get the switch. Good luck.

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sounds like your lid switch is loose ..look at the tab that sticks out of the lid and watch where it close's. inspect the switch see if it is loose or broke

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