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How to raise top of washer to install lid switch-Kenmore 70 series washer

How do I raise the top of washer so that i can replace the lid switch. I am a 67 yr lady. I have tried to pull it up but not sure just how to do it, There is a solid panel on the back. Do I have to remove the back or will bend?

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SOURCE: Accessing and replacing the lid

  • unplug the washer
  • depending on its age this description should be accurate.
  •  lift the lid and you should see 2 screws on the right of the tub. 
  • these are the screws that hold the lid switch assembly.
  •  you can reach between the case and tub to get it out.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore 70 series washer

Does it hum or click? If it clicks your coupler is out or a hum could be a faulted gearcase.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

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SOURCE: kenmore washer lid switch bypass failure.

HI. Check and see if you might have tripped the breaker. If there is a ground fault outlet close by. check that as well.
It sounds like you bypassed it properly. Try and reconnect the wires with the wire nut. Sometimes it doesn't connect properly.
I hope this helps you.
Please let me know if I can assist you further.


Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: my 70 series kenmore washer won't spin . I think

To replace a lid switch on a Kenmore top loader, just follow these steps: First of all, unplug your washer. You will need to remove the console in order to get to the lid switch. The washer may have release tabs under the console at each front corner. Simply slide a putty knife straight in from the front at each corner and push in while lifting up. You should feel the release tabs push in and the console will pop up. If not equipped with this type of console, you may have a console that has removable end caps. They can be removed by gently prying up on the top of them from the rear on each side. You may have to use a small screwdriver for this. The caps should pop right off. Once removed, you will need to loosen a screw under each cap. Once you have the console loosened, carefully lift it up and lay it back over the rear panel of the washer in its resting position. Be careful not to damage the small plastic hinges that hold it in place. Now you will need to perform the following steps: 1. Under the console you will find the lid switch connector. Unplug the switch from the connector. 2. There will be two brass colored clips. You will need to remove these to remove the machine casing. Place a flat blade screwdriver straight down into the opening on top of the washer and into the groove of the clip. Push the screwdriver away from you while holding into the groove and the clip will release. 3. Open the lid of the washer and place your hand under the front rim of the opening (DO NOT grab the wash tub). Now pull the case from the frame by lifting from the back first. You do not have to remove it all the way from the frame, just enough to gain access to the switch. All there is to the switch is a couple of screws holding it in and a ground wire. It's a pretty easy repair job. Some models will have the switch located on the right-hand side of the lid rim opening, while other models will have the switch located on the left-hand side near the lid hinge. Once you've completed your switch installation, make sure you get the case back on the frame correctly by following these steps: 1. While looking down through the lid opening, place the front lip of the machine case UNDER the washer frame and start leaning it back onto the frame. There are four small cleats that must fit into four slots on the case or the washer will vibrate. Make sure the frame is seated properly, lean forward from the front of the washer, grasp both sides of the rear panel and pull towards the case. The rear panel should be seated and flush with the casing before inserting the retaining clips. 2. Insert the brass-colored clips into the slot on the washer rear panel first, and then push straight down into the opening on the top of the washer with some force. If you have the case seated correctly, the clips will snap back in. 3. Make sure you plug the connector from the console back into the lid switch receptacle BEFORE you reassemble the console. This is easy to forget. A replacement lid switch can be purchased on line at,, or All these sites offer great service and competitive pricing, so shop around for the best price. Use your complete model number (located along the tub rim under the washer lid) for your search criteria. If you have questions along the way, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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SOURCE: kenmore 70 series, 110 washer leaks water when

Hi, You will need to change the inlet mixer valve. It is sticking open just enough to allow water to drip through it. This should be chandes asap so that it doesn't get bad enough to over flow the washer.
Here are directions on how to remove the cabinet so you can get to the inlet valve.
Removing the cabinet. UNPLUG the washer. There are two screws holding the control panel to the cabinet. Most models the screw are in front but, some models have the screws in back. They are on each end. Now raise the control panel up and let it rest on the hinges. Unplug the lid switch harness and locate the clips on each side (bronze in color) and release them.
Now the cabinet will lift off the frame and you can set it aside.
Please let me know if this helps you or if I can assist you further.


Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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SOURCE: lid switch on a 20802 kenmore washer

Check the video at the following link and see if it is of assistance to you in changing out the lid switch. Sure hope so and best wishes.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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