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Washer wont consistantly start unless drop lid a couple times.. Thanks Tony

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Hi,
Your lid switch is bad....

here is the part.....

http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-WTW5550S-%3d%3di1018522&PartID=1018522

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Posted on Jul 31, 2010

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You are losing the lid switch... Replace it and Tell Everyone NO dropping the lid anymore or they will have to replace it

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