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The lid switch broke and we could replace it

The lid switch broke off and we could replace it ourselves if we could figure out how to get the machine apart..take the top off or the side...it isn't at all obvious how to get inside it.

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This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Please see the following description of how to take the cabinet off of a basic top load Kenmore.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137


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