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I have a Whirlpool washing machine LA8800XT. It seems the timer knob can no longer engage the timer shaft. Part number of the timer is 3352091. I am positive the machine and the timer are fine. I tried to remove the knob by pressing in the knob and rotating it counter-clockwise. The knob just freely rotate and would not screw off. Is the knob broken? How could I replace the timer knob? Thank you for your assistance.

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