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Replacing "lid closed" sensor

I have a 9 year old Kenmore Electronic 90 series washer. It's operating fine but when it gets to the spin cycle I get an "OL" in the agitate time window. I did some troubleshooting and discovered one of the fittings (for the screw) on the "lid closed" sensor had cracked so basically instead of being held tight in position by two screws it's only held by one. I've unsecured and rotated the control panel out of position now I just have to get to the part. I am assuming the top of the washer will come off but I can't see any screws or tabs that will allow me to pull it up so I can get to the part. I'm sure there is an easy way but I sure don't see it.

Thanks from Cincinnati.

Dennis

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    have ordered the lid switch assembly, but need to know how to install it

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The lid switch mount broke, held in place by two screws in my Kenmore washer (Model 110.22332100), causing the machine to stop during the rinse cycle. The machine would not spin to drain the water. I used sticky-back metal duct tape to hold the lid switch in place, allowing me to use the machine while I order the lid switch (Part #3949238) and the do-it-yourself repair manual (Part # LIT4314044) from Sears Parts online (Phone order at 866-873-7666).

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I am trying to replace the switch #3949238 as well. Does the top come off and if so how?

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*****THIS REMOVES THE SAFTEY FEATURE OF THE LID SWITCH****
If you are able to remove the top portion of the washing machine, simply remove the switch from its mount, remove the 2 wires from the switch and connect them together.
I would utilize a wire nut and electrical tape then secure the newly made connection where it wont be vibrated or jarred around too awefully bad. I just had to do this to my seiries 90 washer and it worked, as all the device is looking for is return voltage from the switch being closed (the 2 wires making contact). but again...
*****THIS REMOVES THE SAFTEY FEATURE OF THE LID SWITCH****

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http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=131&osCsid=913ba652cd504fb162f87d892bcb427b

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