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The switch that makes it think it's closed is broken.

My washing machine is a top loader. The little button that gets pushed in to make the washing machine thinks it's closed, is not working. For a few weeks, I was able to slam the lid closed and that helped but now, I can't do anything to make it work.

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  • cchotiner333 Mar 05, 2009

    My model number is- LSR 5121JQ0. After I posted this, I tried a few different things to try to make it work and I ended up breaking the part off. Would it be possible to replace this part myself? To have a repair person come and replace it, it would cost almost $200.00. I know the part number already and how much that costs but I am worried about my ability to actually replace the part myself. For the cost of someone coming, I could just replace the machine for not much more than that. I would appreciate your opinion in this. And thank you for the help that you have already been.



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You are referring to the lid switch. If it's visible, try tightening the screws that hold it to the cabinet (they may be loose and the lid strike can't engage the switch properly). If you can, feel underneath where the lid switch is located and see if it's broken from where it mounts (feels loose). Push the lid switch lever down, if it doesn't "click" or doesn't start the wash, replace the lid switch and you should be good to go.
If you want, post your model number to make sure it's the model I'm thinking of and I can also try and get you the part number for the lid switch.

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  • Paulo Mar 06, 2009

    The part will not be difficult to replace, all you need to do is remove the cabinet to gain access.
    Pull and lift the console toward you by removing the 2 screws (rear of end caps) which hold it down to the
    cabinet. Once the console is out of the way you will see 2 brass clips
    which hold everything together. Remove these by inserting a screwdriver
    from the top and pop them out. Unplug the wiring to the lid switch. Open the lid, grab the inside of the cabinet opening and tilt the whole cabinet forward. It should all come off
    as one piece. With the cabinet off, you can see the lid switch wiring running along the inside top right. Should be easy to figure out from there.

    Let me know if you have anymore question.
    Good luck!



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