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I need to replace the lid switch on my Kenmore 110.20702990 Washer. I have the new switch. The lid does not "pop" off. How do I get to the wireing area where I must plug in the new switch?

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This is 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:!retrieve.pd?pop=true&modelNumber=110.20702990

See the sections on the top and cabinet and the control panel.

Also see the following on how to access the control panel. You don't need to go through the rest of the document to pull clutch, transmission etc.


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