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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Re: Is there another name for the lid plunger?
It appears your lid switch/door latch has failed in this instance.
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If the unit will agitate but not spin or drain I recommend checking the lid switch first. You should be able to hear the lid switch click as you slowly open & close the lid. If you don't hear a distinct click, replace the switch. Here is the part you need.
To bypass the switch, you only have to disconnect the power to the washer, tilt the console back, unplug the switch and using an short piece of insulated wire, jump the two outermost contacts on the connector coming from the console and plug the washer back in.
Following is a description of how to gain access to the console and how to remove the cabinet if necessary.
In most cases all brands will fill and agitate with the lid open, but will not drain or spin with the lid up.
It sounds to me like your lid switch is either bad or misaligned.
The first thing to check is the actuator plunger on the lid. Make sure it hasn't fallen or been broken off. Look for a piece hanging down from the lid that looks like a little finger that when the lid is closed, would hit and depress the lid switch ,which is under the top of the washer.
If it looks like the actuator is good shape then the lid switch is either bad or misaligned. Take a pencil or a bic pen and depress the lid switch. Making sure your washer is plugged in and in the spin mode. If it begins to rotate to spin and drain then see if a screw has fallen out that holds it in place or became loose not letting the actuator hit it correctly.
If the switch does not seem loose and it will not start the machine when depressed with a pencil it is probably time to change it out.
Check the lid switch. The lid switch will be located on the machine top where the lid closes. It may be a plunger on the lid that activates the switch or a white plastic flat piece where the lids sets. Either scenario can be checked by jumping out the lid switch. Disconnect the power. Lift the lid. Use alligator clips to connect the two terminals. Plug in the machine. Select spin. If, the machine operates you have a bad lid switch.
check your lid switch ...on the lid you see a little plunger this should go into a slot areound the rim of the washer and close a switch. you can try a small screwdriver to press it in while in the spin cycle..see if it works then if not the sw will have to be replaced as this needs to be closed (lid) before the unit will pump out and spin