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Washer fills with water, does agitation and then it stops. If I move the knob to get it to go into a spin cycle so the water drains out, I hear a ticking noise at the knob like its trying to do something.

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  • tkennedy714 Jun 27, 2009

    I went out an got a new lid switch, it did not work. The only thing that happens is when I push on the lid switch, I hear ticking in the pull/start knob.

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A washer that fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If the switch requires replacement, a new one can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, repairclinic.com, appliancepartspros.com. Just use your model number as your search criteria. All these sites offer competitive pricing, so shop all them for the best price.

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  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jun 27, 2009

    Unless you've purchased a defective lid switch (it happens), or installed it incorrectly, the only other items that I know of that can cause similar symptoms are a defective drive motor that seizes up after it has been running. That would mean it would coincidentally stop at the same point in the wash cycle each time (it's possible, I guess). Or, the timer could also be bad. The timer has a series of wafer switches that make contact at various points during the wash cycle. Sometimes these wafers corrode and don't make contact. They can be cleaned with some fine grit sand paper, or an emory board. Some timers can be taken apart to do this, some can't. I would recommend checking you lid switch again. Let me know if this helps you.

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