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Door interlock safety switch tab is broken

Where can I get the part in Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR? Presume I must take top off -- Does it pop off with spring clips, or are there concealed screws?

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The top pops up. Insert a screw driver into the slot about 1 inch below the top. It hinges at the back. There are springs on the left and right.

BE SURE TO DISCONNECT POWER BEFORE SERVICING!

Try Sears Parts Direct, or you can look up the closest parts and service center from that web page.

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