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I have 2x4 ft. bathroom rugs in a machine on which I have just paid $300 to have the outer circle and rubber gasket of the agitator repaired in the past week. It is now giving me an LD message each time I unplug it, restart it on either normal cycle or rinse and spin (where it originally gave the LD - just before the rinse and spin). I have tried this several times at the suggestion of a repairman when it was doing this a number of months ago.

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LD error means the lid switch is not activated. Maybe the switch is loose or needs replacement

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I gotta congratulate you for taking on the toughest job on your washer. The transmission replacement is daunting if you've never done one before.

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Here's a place with detailed instructions (and pictures) on how to do the 2X4 trick. If after doing that you still can't get it, then try tapping (actually a little more than just "tapping") the agitator with a rubber mallet. This will (hopefully) loosen any rust on the splined shaft allowing the 2X4 to do its' job.

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(*NOTE* ---> the link to the Agi-Tamer above shows one designed to use air pressure, not water (like the one I use). I've never used one with air, but it appears that it'll hook up to a bicycle tire pump or one of those inflatable swimming pool toy electric pumps. Just a word of caution here... knowing what I do about Hydraulics and Pneumatics, the pneumatic model WILL MOST DEFINITELY BLOW THE AGITATOR OFF THE SHAFT!!! So, take care if you use that model, OK?

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