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How to bypass a lid switch on a Kenmore 90 series washer?

I have a Kenmore washer 90 series model # 110.26902691 which won't rinse,spin or drain.It will start washing and when it reaches "Rinse" it wont do anything.I tried all the cycles and it does the same thing.When I bring the hose down close to the ground it drains.I am thinking it might be the lid switch since it looked kind of loose and didn't seem to work.I opened the washer and everything else looks ok and clean,the pump looks fine.
My question is how can I bypass the lid switch to be sure thats the problem?

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  • citizzen Jul 25, 2009

    The lid switch never clicked so I assumed thats the part that needs to be replaced.Got it for $40 online and once I get it and install it I will find out if thats the problem.I was just trying to find out without buying it to be sure.

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Bypassing the switch is done by connecting the two(outer 2)wires.thus closing the switch circut to the timer

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I took a small screw driver and inserted it into the hole, pushing down gently, further then the little plastic arm on the lid could reach. It continued on with the cycle so I knew that was the problem. I took a plastic sheet rock anchor,(the kind that you drill a small hole in wall then slip it in, and when a screw is inserted it expands behind the sheet rock and will not pull out) and slipped it over the little plastic arm on the lid (it pushed the switch a little further in, which enabled me to use until I could replace. The I went to youtube and they have lots of video's on how to take the cover off and fix.

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Instructions for opening the cabinet of a Kenmore washer to get to the lid switch can be found at this site:
https://sites.google.com/site/gaborlaug/home/miscellaneous/openakenmorewhirlpoolwasher

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Highly inadvisable to bypass any electrical connection and unnecessary because it is the lid switch. In Canada an authorized Kenmore repairman would cost $80 flat rate service call, $15 per each 15 minutes plus $45 part, plus tax. Over $180 for a $350 washer new (maybe) to fix what is just cheap plastic screw thread liners that cracked from lid slamming.

The switch can be removed, repaired with 12h epoxy glue, and reinstalled to good as new. A nickel's worth of epoxy, 12 hour cure wait, 15 minutes to disassemble and 15 minutes to reassemble.

Minimum tools. Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFsvLiuTniU

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    Highly inadvisable to bypass any electrical connection and unnecessary because it is the lid switch. In Canada an authorized Kenmore repairman would cost $80 flat rate service call, $15 per each 15 minutes plus $45 part, plus tax. Over $180 for a $350 washer new (maybe) to fix what is just cheap plastic screw thread liners that cracked from lid slamming.

    The switch can be removed, repaired with 12h epoxy glue, and reinstalled to good as new. A nickel's worth of epoxy, 12 hour cure wait, 15 minutes to disassemble and 15 minutes to reassemble.

    Minimum tools. Video here:

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Reach under the inside of the machine and use a moirror if required to find switch it is usualy in a slot off to the right side if there pull down on it and if it clicks it likely works but try the machine on spin cycle if machine starts well you have found the problem bend switch up untill it is in the right position and then toy just save a hand full of cash \

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • jamie Jul 25, 2009

    switch is usualy a simple microswitch can be bought for 2 - 5.00 from local electronics store

    take old 1 out and take the switch to electronisc store replace cheeper and faster

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