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I have a Hotpoint wmf540 and the dial seems to be dis engaged from whatever is behind it... It used to click when I turned it but now it just turns freely, like whatever is at the back of it has come loose.

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Most washmachines use a main control swith/button that must be pushed in to engage the timer SELECTOR portion, once you've moved to the function you wish to have it perform, grasp each side and pull straight out until it clicks into place. It's at this point that the outside will spin around and not click into any selection.

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SOURCE: The dial to select wash cycle (GE top load washer)

The knob wears out and won't grab. It is easy enough to replace if you know the trick. Take pair of tweezers and remove the clip behind the knob, just push on the replacement knob and oil the timer then move the timer around several times to help the shaft turn easier.b8e8a25.jpg

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SOURCE: Hotpoint WMF540 flashing F01

In general this would indicate a fault in the motor, actual wording from Hotpoint is

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This unit (WH21) was installed 1 mth. ago. This is my second unit I've installed with the first being for a friend and his has "NO ISSUES". In the last week mine the second unit has failed to...

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