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Front load washer won't start unless door open and closed over and over

G E frontload washer model #wbvh6420fww will not start door lock not latching, can open and close door 30 times or so and it will eventually work

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    washer won't start unless door opened and closed several times

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The door latch needs a spray of crc into it as it may be a little dry inside there
that should fix problem
if not replace door switch

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