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GE washer timer knob

Timer knob will not turn timer. It will pull out and in but won't turn thr timer. The timeer can be turned using the ring behind the knob and will then operate normally.

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    after washer fills....starts washing...then immediately starts to pump the water
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    I need to remove the timer knob on GE washer, what is the strategy? Space is very narrow to get needle nose in to hold in place.

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I can not set the timer on my GE washer. The knob just turns with out stopping.

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Usually, if you pull the knob off of the timer assy, you will see in the that knob a "KNOTCH" that is used to align the knob to the timer. That could have been stripped out. Check that first.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

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Our washer will continue in the final spin cycle and never finish.


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We have a GE WJRR4170 washer, with the same problem. At first I thought I might have to unscrew the entire control panel just to replace the knob. However, replacing the knob turns out to be easy.

Right behind the knob, holding it in place, is a nylon/plastic retainer clip. If you pull out the knob (into the "start" position), you will get easier access to the retainer clip. You can use a flathead screwdriver to push the clip out. The knob then will slide easily off the metal stem. A GE replacement knob costs $9 or $10, depending on the source.

Shame on GE, but the knob is designed terribly. The part of it that engages the dial has eight, flimsy plastic teeth. At any time, four of these are supposed to engage four little slots in the dial. However, the way the knob is designed, there will be a lot of wear and tear on these plastic teeth, so they'll wear out on every single machine.

Good luck to the many people who will have this problem!

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it's possible go to www.repairclinic.com and enter the numbers you have posted and it will show you what they are. I have the same problem. What I did was not pretty but it works for now. I broke a piece off of your part#387997 and simply turn my dial that way and then pull the center out to start the wash. Considering a new timer is close to $100+ and it works fine this way , well you know...

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The clip pulls straight up off the shaft directly behind the knob. You can use a small screwdriver or a pair of needlenose pliers to pull it out. Once the clip is removed the knob will slide off the timer shaft.

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