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Kenmore washer lid switch bypass failure.

I have a Kenmore washer, 70 series Heavyduty. The lid switch is broken. I tried to bypass (per instructions online) by cutting the grey and tan wires and using a wire nut to connect them. Now the washer won't even turn on. What might I have done wrong?

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  • amiganderson May 30, 2009

    Thanks so much for the quick reply.

    I did plug something else into the outlet to make sure it worked, and it did.
    What is a ground fault outlet?
    Also, when I connected the wires I wasn't sure if they should be connected so as to make a loop from the switch or to make a loop from the control box. Does that make sense? I tried it both ways, but which is correct.

    I have to run to an appointment, but I will check again when I get home. I'm having company tonight and need my washer!

  • amiganderson May 31, 2009

    ok. I'm back. Let try to clarify to make sure I understand which ends to connect. Once I connect the wires, should I have unconnected wires coming out from the switch or should I have unconnected wires coming out from the control panel? And, what do I do with these ends? Do I put tape on them or something?
    And, does it matter what size wire nut I use? (I bought an assortment)

  • amiganderson May 31, 2009

    yes. I have cut wires. I cut them just above the little white wire harness on the top of the machine. I connected them there. But, when that didn't work, I started to think that I connected them in the wrong place, so I opened the back of the machine and cut them under the white harness and connected them there.
    Does that make sense?

  • amiganderson May 31, 2009

    I left the green wire plugged in. (I didn't strip it) Should I have unplugged it?
    Original problem: It would agitate but not spin or drain. I could reach under and trigger the lid switch and it would spin/drain. About two years ago, I replaced the lid switch. This time, I saw some posts about bypassing it and figured that'd be easier/quicker. But now I'm stuck.
    I'll go try to put the wire nut on again. What should I do with the ends of the wires that are cut but don't have the wire nut on them?

  • amiganderson May 31, 2009

    no luck. argh.
    Phone might be good.

  • amiganderson May 31, 2009

    I got it!
    Thanks again, so much, for all your help.
    It turns out it was the outlet, after all. I'm not sure how I missed that because I did check it at one point, but, I am thrilled it's all working smoothly.
    Many thanks.



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HI. Check and see if you might have tripped the breaker. If there is a ground fault outlet close by. check that as well.
It sounds like you bypassed it properly. Try and reconnect the wires with the wire nut. Sometimes it doesn't connect properly.
I hope this helps you.
Please let me know if I can assist you further.


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    Victor May 30, 2009

    Yes it matters. You need to connect the side of the control panel. A ground fault outlet has a small breaker in the middle of it normally used around water.

    Please check the connestion again. Notice if there is a thin layer of insulation still on the wire. Sometimes when you strip the insolation off, it leaves a thin layer.

    I will be here most of the nigth. I try and answer as quick as possible. Also, make sure the timer knob getspulled out all the way.

  • Victor
    Victor May 31, 2009

    If you have not cut any wires yet, just unplug the lid switch. Strip the end off of an insolated wire and insert the ends into the harnes end that goes to the control panel not the end that goes to the lid switch.

    Have you cut the wires of the lid switch yet?

  • Victor
    Victor May 31, 2009

    It makes sense and it should give you same results as long as the harness was still plugged in.

    You didn't hook up the stripped green wire did you?

    What was hte original problem?

  • Victor
    Victor May 31, 2009

    Put the wire nut on the ends that went to the harness on the control side. don't worry about the other ones because there shouldn't be any power to them

    If we need to, I can give you my email address and then we can get phone #'s and talk on phone. (if you are in the states) It might be easier

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    Victor May 31, 2009 please send me an email

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    Victor May 31, 2009

    Congrats and You are welcome.

    Please feel free to rate my responses to you so that others as well as myself will know how I am doing.




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