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Washer does nothing but FILL!!

My Kenmore top-loader washing machine (c.1980s) fills to the correct level, but does NOTHING else... will not agitate, will not advance, will not drain, no matter what other dial positions I manually advance to..... Lid switch is tested and OK. What else should I look at?

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    dan777 May 06, 2008

    Finally broke down and got the serviceman.... turns out oldfixer was somewhat right, though I was looking for isolated contacts just to the timer itself.... The serviceman fixed it almost by accident when he was fiddling with the entire wire harness plug going to the whole timer/selector assembly... Unplugged, plugged back in... wa-la!! (Apparently a common malady on many appliances -- esp the newer ones with massive harnesses -- the contacts gradually get fouled, come loose, something...) Money well spent tho, as I got to watch how quick/easy it was to open the entire cabinet, and even pull the whole motor out all in less than 60 seconds! (motor coupler was almost broke) -- and got LOTS of questions answered! :) Can EASILY do stuff myself next time....
    BTW, never found any off-balance switch on this particular machine, nor do I believe there is one...

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Suspect timer contacts bad but ck wire harness to motor just to be sure also if i remember correctly those may also have off balance switch that would cause problems but not sure if water would run in if they are bad ..sorry oldfixer memory ain't what it use to be

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