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I have a GE WHDSR315 washing machine. In a fit of anger, I broke the tabs off of the timer mechanism. I took the timer dial off - opened the front panel and noted that the tabs that lock the timer to the front panel were broken. This meant that the stem of the timer pushed in and away from the front panel too far to engage. Rather than spending 80 to buy a new timer merely to get two new little pieces of plastic, I decided to glue the timer to the housing. Now, this was somewhat successful, now allowing me to use the inner ring to move the timer to different settings and thus use the washer. The problem is that I have lost the push in to start mechanism. The timer knob, when attached, seems to far out. Basically the timer seems stuck in the pulled out position. Any thoughts? Was there supposed to be more play than the glue now allows or is it something else related to the tabs?

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SOURCE: ge timer on washer is broken

If it no longer clicks, the timer assembly will need to be replaced. If just the knob broke off, the timer should be good.

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Replace the knob...The teeth on the back of it have broken.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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your white outer switch is stripped. i just had GE send me my 3rd one and it isnt 2 yrs old.( in april it will be). that is why you can move it with the outer ring.Good luck

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SOURCE: Broken knob on GE washer

There are four separate parts that make up the knob dial. You can pull off the knob if you use a screwdriver/pliers to remove the clip holding it on. Check if the mounting areas appear stripped or broken. There should also be a compression ring in the mounting hole on the back of the knob. That's what may be broken or stripped. These are all parts that you can get from a local parts store (check the phone book) and you can do it yourself. Any of those parts should cost less than $10. The bad news is if you stripped the pole coming out of the timer assembly. You would need to replace the entire assembly which costs about $130. If you call a GE repairman, you are looking at $89.95 or more just to have them show up. If it is still under warranty, there is no charge. You can call them to verify this:


Posted on May 03, 2009

SOURCE: The timer knob spins freely and I can't start the machine or set the timer.

"Can I replace it with a new knob or do I have to buy a new timer?"

It sounds like the knob is rounded out where it fits on the timer post, or It may just be loose. Pull the knob off and inspect it. If damaged, yes, you can buy another one.

Posted on May 04, 2009

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