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Stripped start knob

The screw which the Start Knob sits on is stripped, how do I replace it and the knob also. What is the name of this part?

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    Allen Neal May 11, 2010

    if you turn the shaft itself will it work ?

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That would be the timer assy You may need to replace entire assy and knob you could try a strong 2 part epoxy and allow to dry min 24 hrs at room temp.

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