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Whirlpool AWT 5108 not working (lid switch?)

I have a whirlpool 5108 top loading wash machine. It stopped working mid cycle, and hasnt worked since. It didnt explode, smoke, smell or draw attention to itself in anyway, it just stopped. full of water of course :-)
I have had a look in the machine and everything looks ok. When I swith it on the dial for selecting programs moves a little, but then nothing happens - it seems to be waiting for something. This is exactly the same with the lid open or closed, and also, when i touch the lid switch after it has been on for a couple of minutes it's quite warm - I believe it has some sort of mechanism to keep the lid shut while its running.
I think my problem might be this lid swtich, but cant for the life of me get it out, and as it has three wires running into it I cant even join two together to test my theory.....
can anyone tell me how to remove the switch, which of the three wires would be the ones to test, or suggest anything else...

my clothes are getting very smelly while I try and stubbornly fix this myself, and my girlfriend would really appreciate any help any of you could give me!!

James

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You are right to assume the lid switch as being the cause of your problem. 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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