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Starter knob dial pulls off when trying to start washer. Looks like an internal plastic part has broken off.

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Simplest solution is to replace the knob. Here's a link to the parts list and source:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=504788&diagram_id=131933#d131933

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