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Kemore error code three dashes

What does three dash error code mean?

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  • luxordevco Jan 31, 2009

    no blinking just three dashes- tried to "Unlock) controls by holding button for three seconds- DNW. Was getting the popular F11 code- I replace the main module and now get the three dashes. Thanks

  • luxordevco Jan 31, 2009

    dont see anything refering to three dashes- please help

  • luxordevco Feb 03, 2009

    Please review and advise the three dash error code- Thanks

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Would it be possible to to place back the old/original main module? This is to confirm that the 3 dashes would be replaced back with the F11 code.

I am tempted to think that the new main module is faulty too and even worst since it can not even display error codes. This tell us that the logic circuitry fails and can not run the built-in diagnostics..

Alternately, you can review the replacement; how the connectors are plugged in, the wires and if the board is properly grounded.

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3-333 communications failure between the Foreign Interface
and the machine.
Press 0 and start button at same tame.
Enter 6789 and select confirm. Select dc 131 NVM read/write.
select input number an type:
752-002 0 = Foreign Interface disabled 1 = Foreign Interface Enabled
759-015 1 = Addition Device (Auditron) 2 = Subtraction Device (Debit card)
if you want to see current value select "read"

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3 dashes is a door lock error code. Try resetting the washer and see if the problem goes away. Unplug it overnight and try it again in the morning.

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The connection is not connected properly open the unit that again remove all the connecting wires and reconnect it properly.as negative to the negative and positive to the positive.as the dashes what you r getting are not any error codes that can be manually resetted.its wrong connecting wire sign. just make it proper.

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Did you test the replacement board on the washer before replacing it , it could the new board is defective get check the board from the place where got the replacement part ,if possible get it exchanged and then install on the washer and check if your same error ...


Good luck...

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Three dashes is not an error code, Sears Kenmore codes are of type F -- , try to reset the appliance by cutting power for ten minutes, if it stays the same way it may be a faulty control board.

You can find parts and schemaitics entering your model number here.

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Hi,
I think this will help you.
F/11 SERIAL COMMUNICATION ERROR
Communication between the Central Control Unit (CCU) and the
Motor Control Unit (MCU) cannot be sent correctly.
Possible Causes / Procedure
1. Unplug washer or disconnect power.
2. Check wire harness connections to the MCU, the motor, and Central Control Unit (CCU).
3. Check the drive system for any worn or failed components.
4. Plug in washer or reconnect power.
5. Verify CCU operation by running a Diagnostic test or any cycle.
6. Check the MCU by looking for operations of the drive motor.
7. Check the drive motor for powered rotations.
8. Check that the serial harness at the MCU is not mounted upside down. The wires should be to the left when facing the MCU connectors.

For all the diagnostics and disassembly proceedures please click here to download the service manual for your unit.

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Please explain what 3 dash means, does it blink, pause and then blink again, if so this is a code

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