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Ge timer on washer is broken

Hi - the timer knob was turned incorrectly and it has broken the little plastic teeth on the timer assembly. Can I just replace the plastic wheel with the teeth? Or do I have to replace the entire timer assembly?

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If it no longer clicks, the timer assembly will need to be replaced. If just the knob broke off, the timer should be good.

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http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/GE-Parts/Washer-Parts/Model-WCSR2090D1WW/0432/0153200/G0503026/00001?blt=06&prst=&shdMod=

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Sears PartsDirect wants about $80 for the timer.

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