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Whirlpool wtw5850sw0 Hi I need to replace the lid switch on the above washer. Can't figure out how to get the console and or top off. Any help??? thanx for all doug

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  • dougmrty Mar 17, 2008


    The lsr9434pt does not look like my whirlpool wtw5800 series. Mine has console caps which I can't figure out how to remove. I do not see any phillips screws on the top of the console. The machine is a direct drive with the metal back extending from the top of the console to the bottom of the machine. I know the switch is broken as I can feel it move around when I touch it. It's like the bracket holding the switch in place is broken. Anyhow, any help with opening this beast would be appriciated. Also, when I do get it open, is there any downside to just shorting across the switch so it's constantly overted, besides the obvious????? thanx for all doug

  • dougmrty Mar 18, 2008

    Worked like a charm!!! thanx doug

  • wilfrido rocas Apr 07, 2008

    How to raise or open the top of whirlpool washing machine type 111 to relplace the lid switch? Do I have to pry it up or is there a bolts or screws to take it off?



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Aborcass, not trying to steal your thunder here...To remove the console, slide a putty knife under the front corner on either side of the console and push straight in while lifting up. This should release the retaining clips that hold the console to the top of the washer.

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Look over the top of the control panel look straight down you see 2 phillips head screws on either side youll need to remove, the console will flip back giving you access to the switch..just for curiosity its not "clicking" when you close the lid therefore it fills and stops, doesnt spin or drain???? try this the lid all the way, the left side hinge acts as the plunger for the switch.. feel under there open and close lid a little to help find the metal hinge. after finding the hinge place a 1/4 nutdriver(doesnt matter the size just needs a hollow shaft.) over the protruding portion of the hinge. still under the top but right there! when its on push the driver back(in essence bending hte armature back slightly). itll flex a bit as you push the hinge the door will push back(you got the right spot then). after you crank it back a bit try closing the lid now. did you hear it click??? your golden!!!!!!! no need to change.. reason for telling you this is for the most part the switch doesnt go bad but the lid /hinge isnt bent enough to make contact, and over time of swinging top into the fully opened position it actually bends to far forward to make contact. i have a box full of switched that other techs ordered and weren't needed. not saying they dont go bad ive seen that, but try this first might get lucky!!!!

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