Question about GE WJSR4160DWW Top Load Washer
Worked fine last night..today dial acts like it is stripped...will push in and can be pulled to start and stop...but I have to manually turn dial...small circular plate under knob
We have a GE WJRR4170 washer, with the same problem. At first I
thought I might have to unscrew the entire control panel just to
replace the knob. However, replacing the knob turns out to be easy.
Right behind the knob, holding it in place, is a nylon/plastic retainer clip. If you pull out the knob (into the "start" position), you will get easier access to the retainer clip. You can use a flathead screwdriver to push the clip out. The knob then will slide easily off the metal stem. A GE replacement knob costs $9 or $10, depending on the source.
Shame on GE, but the knob is designed terribly. The part of it that engages the dial has eight, flimsy plastic teeth. At any time, four of these are supposed to engage four little slots in the dial. However, the way the knob is designed, there will be a lot of wear and tear on these plastic teeth, so they'll wear out on every single machine.
Good luck to the many people who will have this problem!
Posted on Nov 04, 2009
This is another solution that doesn't involve any parts. My dial was spinning and would not engage. I noticed that when I tried to push the outer knob in to stop the machine, it had a lot of play in it. In fact it did. I removed the clip and the knob/dial, removed the console (3 screws behind it), and checked where the timer was mounted to the front panel. There is only one screw holding the timer to the front panel on the left side of the timer (facing the machine). The other side is held in by (you guessed it) a plastic clip molded into the front panel. The clip on the right side was broken, allowing the entire timer assembly to move when trying to change the cycle - giving the appearance the timer knob was worn out. Thanks GE for a 3 cent shortcut instead of another screw.
I fixed mine by simply running 2 stainless 6 x 1" sheet metal screws through the front panel into the standoffs on the timer assembly. The machine is such a piece of cheap junk that I didn't care about the appearance of the screws on the front panel, although they really don't look too bad.
Hope this helps someone else who made the mistake of buying this machine.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Feb 11, 2017 | Kenmore Washing Machines
Make sure dial is switched
to 'off'. Unplug your machine, then plug
it back in. Hold down the rinse and delay buttons with one hand. With the other
hand, switch the dial from off to cold or warm or whatever cycle you want. All the buttons flash a few times, then just
the start button flashes. If if doesn't work, do it again.
To get the clothes out if
you are having trouble, open door manually. Near the bottom of this cover is a small
hole. Insert a piece of wire into this hole, and push in gently. While pushing,
turn the cover clockwise, it will came off. The door release is a narrow white plastic
strip hanging down on the right; Pull down on this strip while pushing in on
the door, the door lock will release.
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