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Whirlpool top loading washer will not spin or drain. It does agitate but it will not spin. In trying to look at the lid switch, the striker piece came off. Not sure if that is the original trouble. Can't figure out how to take the top of the washer off to gain access to the lid switch to check it and put the lid strike piece back on. need to see if the switch works. Need to know how to get the top of the washer off or up so I can see the switch & fix it. And if the lid switch is not the problem, and if the drain hose is not clogged or kinked, I need help to diagnose /repair. Original problem is the washer filled & agitates but will nor spin (or drain),

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  • Old Dad Jul 18, 2009

    I think it does sound like the lid switch. I am still trying to figure out how to lift the top of the washer up. In the instructions it refers to a consloe and removable end caps. I am not sure what these are referring to. Our washer has a control panel with the knobs and switches. I need to get the lid up to gain access to the switch. How do I do this?

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This problem is commonly attributed to a loose or broken lid switch.

If your washer fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle or drain, the problem 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.

If you have any questions about this repair, or if you need additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 18, 2009

    PS With the lid open, you can use a screwdriver to push down on the lid switch contact to see if the washer will start to spin and drain. If the lid strike is broken off, and the lid switch WILL engage with a screwdriver, replace the lid strike. You do not have to disassemble the washer for this.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 19, 2009

    The operator console I am referring to has knobs and switches and is located on top of the washer. It will either have removable end caps enabling you to access the mounting screws, or you may have a console with release tabs located under each front corner. Sliding a putty knife under the console will release the tabs, allowing the console to lift up. You need to lift the operator console in order to access the brass clips that hold the washer casing in place. Let me know if you still have questions.

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:

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This is a Whirlpool PDF on how these washers operate. It has a diagram on jumping the switch as well as a detailed section on how the transmission works.

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http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=131&osCsid=913ba652cd504fb162f87d892bcb427b

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