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If the washer fills normally, but stops when it gets to the spin cycle, this could be a common symptom of a defective lid switch. If you try opening and closing the lid and do not hear a distinctive "clicking" sound, your lid switch may need to be replaced. The lid switch is located on the right-hand side of the lid opening with a small slot. It is activated by a plastic piece called a “lid strike” on the lid itself. Make sure the lid strike is not broken off. This will keep the switch from not working. If the switch is not activated, it will allow the washer to fill and maybe agitate, but will not start the rinse or drain cycles. If you diagnose it and wish to attempt the repair yourself, the switch costs about $25 (part number 3949238) and is fairly simple to replace. You can locate it at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number in the "Searched by Model" block and you can find it under the "Top and Cabinet" heading as Item number 11. The lid strike costs about $11 (part number 350733), and can be found under the same heading as item number 20. If you go to my profile and click on "Tips and Tricks" I have a posting listed on how to replace a lid switch.
If your washer fills and simply does not agitate or spin, and a loud rattling noise can be heard, you may have a defective motor coupling (part number 285753A). It can be located under the "Brake/Clutch/Gearcase/Motor/Pump" heading as item number 13. I also have a posting explaining how to replace a motor coupling. A new coupling costs about $15 and is also very easy to replace. NOTE: The washer will still drain if the motor coupling is bad.
If the diagnosis is incorrect, please post back with comments and describe your symptoms a little more in depth, so I can give you a more accurate solution. I hope you find this information helpful.
Posted on May 06, 2008
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