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Mode Shifter Coil- How to check

How do I check the mode shifter coil on a GE washing machine? Light on indicator panel is flashig 4x indicating the mode shift circuit has failed - to check the mode shifter coil. Where is it?

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It should read between o and 70ohms. if the light flashes 4 times it is out

Posted on May 19, 2009

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    ibjester1945 Oct 09, 2013

    That is great, but where is the mode shifter coil located?


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