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Is there an easy way to get the top off? I think

Is there an easy way to get the top off? I think I nned to replace the switch that controls the spin cycle, and I have the part but cannot figure how to lift the top section to get to 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.

See the following for how to tilt the console back.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=131&osCsid=531195c464885c06dc9d52616291f3b1


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