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How can I either bypass the lid switch or replace it myself

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You can bypass the switch by putting the two wires together that run into the switch. This is okay temporary , while you order a new switch. Don't leave it this way because this is a safety feature. In fact I don't really recommend bypassing it, because if you accidentally turned on the washer while loading it, you can get injured. I assume no responsibilty for this, as I am just answering your question.

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I would recommend you replace the lid switch rather than by-passing it. The following link explains how:

The lid switch is a safety feature that is to protect the consumer from the high speed rotation of the wash tub and the agitator. If you by-pass it, you will need to push in the timer PRIOR to opening the lid in order for the tub to stop. I would recommend by-passing as a last resort (temporary repair) while awaiting a new switch.

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As I stated before, you will need to push in the timer prior to opening the lid to stop the tub. You can save the plug for future use, but use only as a temporary fix.

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This video is not model specific to yours, but is helpful...

CLICK HERE for additional helpful links on bypassing to check - and knowing that the switch is bad - even though it's resistance checks good.

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