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Switch the switch that gets pushed in when you close the lid that turns on the washer came apart. is this something that i can fix myself? is there diagrams of how it should go? jae

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Yes facing the washer locates the two screws. They will either be in the front or rear of the control panel or back them out far as you can. Once you have done that pull the control panel slightly forward, and tilt it back on the hinges. Now unplug the lid switch wire but don't forget to plug it back when you’re done. Next locate at the rear of the washer body the two gold clips then push forward, and take careful note of how they fit. Then pop them out with a screw driver tilt the washer body forward at 45 degree angel and walk forward with the body, and set it down. then you can acess the lid switch

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