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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.

Look at the diagrams for the cabinet and you should see how the switch mounts.

ILLUSTRATED DESCRIPTION OF REMOVING CABINET

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

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I found my broken lid switch and its two plastice pieces i am not sure how to put it back together and fix it. Or can i buy a new one and then install it? Also i dont know how to take the top off too look...


I believe you're referring to the lid safety switch. Do not operate your machine without this safety switch! The switch / wiring harness are not very hard to install... here's how-

---UNPLUG THE WASHER FROM THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET---
1. Remove console, depending on vintage, there should be a couple of screws that will allow you to rotate the console up and back.
2. Remove 2 gold clips at rear of top. These clips are the only thing that retain the top / lid / cabinet
3. Unplug lid switch harness (small white connector at rear of top)
4. Rotate the cabinet up a few inches at the rear and pull it straight off. The top / lid / cabinet will come off as a single unit. The entire lid switch and harness are connected under the top w/ a couple of screws and a few spring retainers.
5. Buy replacement parts at a local appliance repair shop, including a new striker (the part that pushes the switch down when you close the lid).
6. Reinstall everything reverse from above. When you rotate the cabinet back on, make sure you have the front edge under the base channel and push inward on the rear corners to engage the cabinet on the rear base tabs.

Good luck.

Apr 24, 2011 | Kenmore 24972 Top Load Washer

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LS error


The machine control detected that the lid switch is not functioning properly. Raise the top part of the washer to gain access to the lid switch.

Disconnect the machine from the power source. Gently pry the emblem from the front of the machine and remove the T20 torx screw hidden behind it. Slide the top of the washer forward and raise its front. Prop it up high enough to allow easy access to the lid switch.

The lid switch is activated by an actuator (part number 19119) mounted on a hinge. It will not work properly if the actuator is damaged.

Check the operation of the lid switch using a multimeter. Disconnect the lid switch wiring harness and connect the test leads of the multimeter (set to X1 or ohm) to the terminals of the lid switch and activate it. The multimeter should read zero ohms while the lid switch is activated and open when deactivated.

Replace the lid switch if it is broken or if it fails the test above. Remove the lid switch mounting screw and install the new lid switch. Reconnect the wiring harness and slide the top of the washer back into position. Reinstall the T20 torx screw and the emblem.

Feb 11, 2010 | Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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-Washer Lid Switch 3949247 (3949237) for WhirlpooI received and installed a washer lid switch. Washer runs fine, only thing is when the lid is opened the washer does not stop. Lid switch is suppose to stop...


why did you change sw/ did washer not spin ? or same problem . you may have a shorted of faulty ( new ) sw . just because its new doesn't make it good / ck with ohm meter .. if the problem is same as before sw installed the we need to lok at a different problem . like ( timer ) or wiriing . ) mm give me some feed back and wi can go / and model # brand .. . help is on it way .. mm

Dec 12, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Mine wont spin


Your problem is more likely a broken lid switch. To test for this, lift the washer cover and look for a small hole in the washer top where the cover was. Push a toothpick gently into the hole and press the piece of plastic you see in the hole downward and listen for a soft clicking sound. If you don't hear a click or the plastic tab is not in the hole replace the lid switch.

Unplug the washer. Check the actuator on the lid that operates the lid switch to see if broken. Open the console of the washer. After removing the screws, the console will lift up and hinge back. Disconnect the plug going to the lid switch. Picture. Check the lid switch [lid closed] with an ohm meter from the wire plug-in leading to the switch. If no continuity, replace the lid switch. You will need to remove the cabinet to replace the switch. There are only a couple screws holding the lid switch assembly and a ground wire connection to the cabinet. Reassemble the washer and test the operation.

Unplug washer, remove the two console screws and tilt console back, remove cabinet clips, unlock lid switch block and then remove the cabinet. Remove the lid switch mounting screws, disconnect ground wire and remove lid switch assembly. Compare old switch to the new one. If the plastic sleeve of the new switch is longer, break off at the score mark. Pull wire partially out of sleeve before shortening sleeve. If the sleeve had to be shortened, the wires must be looped to take up the excess wire. Use supplied wire tie from the new kit. Install new switch assembly. New lid switch

Pay VERY close attention to assembling case back onto base so that sides engage tabs in base.



Sep 21, 2009 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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I have a Kenmore 900 series washer. It fills with water but them doesn't run. I see no switch on the lid but if I lift and shut the lid sometimes it will start. This is getting worse.


There is a lid switch which is proabably going bad it is located at the rear of the lid lift the lid up all the way look where the lid touchs the tol at the back in the middle you will see a little tab sticking out which when you close the lib the lid presses down on this tab which makes the switch function. You have to take off the top of washing machine to replace switch. Unplug washer before doing this

Aug 07, 2009 | Kenmore 24052 Top Load Washer

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Replace lid switch on a Kenmore washer


Sometimes on these you need to open the lid, remove the screws there first, then take the screws off the back. Try that.

Aug 06, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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Washer gets to spin cycle and stops. It appears


Hi, if this is a whirlpool model machine, you can't just remove the top. The whole cabinet needs to be removed. You can change the lid switch without removing the cabinet. Remove the two screws holding the lid switch. Pull the lid switch toward the middle of the opening and snip the wires. You can splice the new switch onto the old wires using wires nut connectors if you want. If you want to use the whole wire harnes that comes with new switch, remove the two screws that hold the control panel to the cabinet. now yuou can see the lid switch connection (easy plug in) located in the middle. Unplug the lid switch and force the connection downward. Remove the old switch and install the new.

I can get you part# or send you the part off my web site www.whirlpoolpartssurplus.com if you would like. I would need the model#

I hope this helps.

THanks
Vic

May 15, 2009 | Washing Machines

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How to install lid switch?


Its an EASY fix , I can help , there should be 2 phillips screws on top of unit under lid holding the lid switch in place , unplug the unit and remove screws , the switch is now loose you should be able to grab it with your hand and pull it out to where you can see it , I recommend cutting the 2 wires going to it and using wire nuts to reconnect them to the new switch to make things easier. if you have any more probs. or questions please let me know.

Jan 12, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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Washer will not run pump


Check your lid switch. This is a tell tale symptom of a lid switch gone bad. The washer fills, agitates, but will not spin or drain. The lid switch is located along the right hand side of the lid opening on most models, but some newer models have a switch in the left rear of the lid. Simply open and shut the lid several times and listen for a distinctive "click" of the lid switch as you open and close the lid. A lid switch usually runs about $35 to replace. If you provide me with your washer model number (usually located under the lid somewhere) I can give you the part number you need. That is...if the lid switch is the problem. The only other problem that I have encountered that caused the same symptoms, was a bad timer. Timer vs Lid Switch: Lid switch is a cheaper fix. I would try this option first. Let me know if this helps and/or if you need more guidance.

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