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Lid switch the lid actuator switch is bad ,by jiggling the lid the washer may or may not continue agitate mode i need a diagram or blow up frame of upper part of washer or step by step instructions

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With my old washer I was able to open the lid and it continued agitating. My new one does not allow me to open the lid while it is agitating. Is there a locking mechanism?

Whirlpool / Kenmore washers use a "Lid Switch" as a safety device.

On older models the switch would stop the spin cycle when the lid is raised.

Newer models stop both the Agitate and Spin cycles.

If this is a Sears washer see the Sears parts site for your washer:

Enter your model number (###.#######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Oct 21, 2010 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Washer fills with water but won't agitate or spin.

Hello, welcome to FixYa.

Based on your description it sounds like a lid switch problem.

Here`s how you can check it pretty easily...

( this is based on the most common Whirlpool, Estate, Kitchen-Aid, Roper, Kenmore, Inglis topload washer, not neccessarily applicable to ALL...especially those built in the past 1-2yrs. the model number would distinguish if it applies to your particular model )

Lift the lid, if you observe the underside of the lid there will be a plastic "strike" or "actuator" that goes into a hole when the lid is closed.

Check the hole where the actuator goes into the cabinet and insure you can see a gray oval shaped piece. If so take a small screw-driver, pen/pencil or something small enough to fit thru the small hole and try activating the switch by pushing it down ( machine must be in the agitate or spin cycle ). If you don't see it, the switch has likely broken loose and needs to be replaced.

If it start's to function than the switch is not being contacted properly by the actuator on the lid and likely is due to the switch being worn...unless the actuator on the lid is broke, if so there`s the problem.

Make sure the switch is being held in place via the two screws along the side, if they are loose tighten them, if it is broken, it will need to be replaced.

Here`s a helpful link for changing it out,

The lid switch will look like this...

Let me know what you find and if I can assist you further.

good luck.

macmarkus :)

Aug 19, 2010 | Estate Washing Machines

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Washer fills up agitates then when it should drain ,nothing.motor dosent come on to pump water out.

In most cases all brands will fill and agitate with the lid open, but will not drain or spin with the lid up.
It sounds to me like your lid switch is either bad or misaligned.
The first thing to check is the actuator plunger on the lid. Make sure it hasn't fallen or been broken off. Look for a piece hanging down from the lid that looks like a little finger that when the lid is closed, would hit and depress the lid switch ,which is under the top of the washer.
If it looks like the actuator is good shape then the lid switch is either bad or misaligned. Take a pencil or a bic pen and depress the lid switch. Making sure your washer is plugged in and in the spin mode. If it begins to rotate to spin and drain then see if a screw has fallen out that holds it in place or became loose not letting the actuator hit it correctly.
If the switch does not seem loose and it will not start the machine when depressed with a pencil it is probably time to change it out.

Apr 09, 2010 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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Washer will not agitate or spin

Worn agitator dogs have NOTHING to do with the washer's ability to spin. Spin and agitation is controlled by the drive motor and gearcase (transmission). The washer will still spin and agitate with worn dogs on the cam assembly, but the agitiator will slip or remain stationary. This configuration usually applies only to Whirlpool manufactured washers (includes Kenmore, Estate, Roper, Kelvinator, Kitchenaid and some later model Maytags).

The most common cause of the symptoms you describe is a lid switch malfunction.

The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:

On some models, the lid switch is located under the top casing by one of the lid hinges. You will know if you if you have this type of switch, because It does not have a lid strike and the small hole on the right hand side of the wash tub will not be present. This switch is actuated (toggled) by a rod on the lid hinge. With this type of switch, if you locate it and it can be toggled by hand, you may only need to adjust the actuator by bending it slightly.

A replacement lid switch (if required) can be purchased at any of the following web sites:

The average price is about $20 - $30. Prices differ between sites so shop and compare.

If you have questions, need additional assistance, please post back with your model number (located on a nameplate along the wash tub opening under the washer lid), so I can provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: The problem could also be attributed to a a worn gearcase, but you need to rule out the least expensive and more comon problems first.

Feb 03, 2010 | Washing Machines

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The washer fills and then no agitation begins - it has no electrical, I think

Check the lid switch. That's a safety interlock that keeps the agitation from starting with the lid open. If the switch is bad, or if the actuator is not properly contacting the switch, then the machine will just sit there after it fills.

Oct 19, 2009 | Kenmore 24632 Top Load Washer

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Kenmore 80 Series washer won't agitate/spin

Check out the video at the link that I'm attaching and see if it leads you in the right direction toward changing the lid switch. The switch should be checked for loose/corroded electrical connections and checked for continuity using a multimeter or ohmmeter. A lack of continuity means a bad switch. If bad it will have to be replaced, Sorry for your trouble and I hope this helps. Best wishes.

Sep 08, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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Washer filled with water ....cant get it to wash spin rinse or empty out what [art do i need to relpace yes it is plugged in and have checked the circit breaker

sounds like you have a lid switch issue. take flat head screwdriver and stick it down where the lid would actuate the lid switch. If the machine agitates then its a lid switch. You only have two screws to remove the switch and you can clip the two wires going into the switch. Wire nut in a new switch you could you a 3946509 i believe the part number is. Instead of removing the panel you can just cut the two wires and wire nut the new one in its place> MUCH easier.
The only other issue which is far less common is a bad motor harness which you can usually jiggle around and make it work but thats 1/100.

Jun 22, 2009 | Roper RTW4300SQ Top Load Washer

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Washer will not agitate

It would help to know what washing machine you have.
I'll assume that it is a top loading, direct drive washer less than 15 years old.
If that is false, please send more info, otherwise.....
When the washer is done filling, is the...
1: Motor running, but agitator is not moving? Probably a motor coupler, if that's ok, the transmission is probable.
2. Washer silent, motor not running? Check the lid switch, some models will not agitate without the lid closed, see if the lid plunger is missing, or if the lid switch actuator is loose/broken, if you can see the lid switch actuator, try depressing it with a pencil or some other slender, non-conductive item, sometimes the switch breaks just enough so that the plunger on the lid cannot reach it. If that checks ok, you will need to start making voltage reading from the timer to the motor. hopefully it will not come to that. : )

Sep 15, 2008 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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Whirlpool LSQ8543JQ1, washer stopped full of water, will not start back up, seems like no power to it, check fuse box and everything else that is running of same.

Pretty much exactly what guest above me said. I have a lsq8543jq1 also, was stopping after agitation.

At first thought it was something more serious, since the dial seemed to make a humming/grinding/buzzing noise when it was switching to agitation cycle, but that seems to just be a timer before the drain/spin cycle kicks in.

I had a washer full of water, so rather than wait till I could get a part (or hand drain -what a pain), I just grabbed a paper clip and rigged the switch so it thinks the door is shut and voila, drains and finishing cycle as I type.

The switch is a safety device to prevent accidents; bad injuries could result if the door is opened while the washer is in spin cycle. I don't recommend this as a long term solution - especially if you have kids. I have 2 and will be ordering the new part asap.

Apr 06, 2008 | Washing Machines

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