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Door Latch has broken plastic tab

I need to reset the door latch back into the door lock assembly or just buy the $50 replacement lock assembly. Or can anyone suggest any other solutions? I am having trouble resetting the spring-loaded latch back into the lock assembly. I am not sure where it should be rotated (positioned) to before the pin is slid back in. Apparently the plastic side tab that is broken off of the white plastic latch is why it rotated out of place to begin with. Does anyone have a picture or a diagram of what it should look like reinstalled correctly? Where should the wire spring be touching? If the side tab is essential, can I purchase just the white plastic latch piece from anyone instead of the whole $50 assembly?

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Re: Door Latch has broken plastic tab

The door latch assembly comes as one piece. It would actually be much simpler to purchase the new latch and replace the whole assembly instead of trying to put pieces and parts back inside a latch that may or may not work after all your hard effort. If you decide to replace the latch, follow these steps: 1. Unplug the machine. 2. Remove the lower kick plate panel if you like (this can help you reach the latch from a couple of different angles). 3. Open door and feel around the rubber door boot for a wire hoop. At the bottom of the door open is a tension spring. Pull the spring apart and remove the wire hoop from the groove. 4. Gently lift the rubber boot from the groove around the door opening and push inside the machine so you can access the inside of the casing. 5. The door latch assembly is located inside the case on the right-hand side. There should be a couple of wire connectors going to it (remember how they come off). Be careful with the wires, they are small and can break. 6. Unplug the wire connectors and remove the three screws holding the latch in place from the outside of the casing. 7. There should also be a plastic retainer holding the latch in place. Remove latch from retainer. 8. Install new door latch by placing it in the plastic retainer, first. 9. Plug wires connectors in. 10. Re-install the three door latch screws. 11. Re-install rubber door boot around the door opening. Make sure it is properly seated in the groove. 12. Reinsert wire hoop. starting at the top of the door opening, carefully push the wire hoop into the groove and work your way all the way around the bottom where the tension spring would be. (A second set of hands to hold the wire hoop in replace would be handy at this point). 13. Pull tension spring apart and snap into groove. Done. Hopefully this will take care of your problems. Of course, you may not like the idea of having to purchase a whole new door latch assembly, or the effort required to remove and replace. But, it sure beats trying to rebuild the old one. I hope this helps.

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Re: Door Latch has broken plastic tab

These whirlpool piles of **** are just that **** but great for the repair parts business. I guess the old washer that lasts for a year is now gone replaced by cheap ****, heck the whirlpool Duet Sport is giving **** a bad name.....Don't buy whirlshit anymore they **** asss

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