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Is there another name for the lid plunger?

My Kenmore washer will not drain or spin. I don't know what the technical term is for this part, but the 'lid plunger' (as was described in one person's question/answers) has the tip broken off.

The Sears site does not have any part listed as 'lid plunger', but they do
have one they call 'strike,lid'. It is listed at $10.72.

In the diagram, it appears to be in the same place as my part that is broken, but this seems to be a very high price to pay for such a small part, so believe that I am calling this part by the wrong name.

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It appears your lid switch/door latch has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
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FixYa has no affiliation with either site - I have been using and recommending them for years - trouble free.

PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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