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WTW5800SW, safety switch needs replacing. How do I do it?

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  1. Before replacing the switch check the lid hinge screws on the left side, if they come loose the switch will not activate.
  2. As part of the lid hinge, there is a rod under the cabinet on the left side that can be bent upward by holding the lid open and pushing on the rod.
  3. To replace the switch, insert a putty knife under each corner, push to release a latch. With console lifted, the switch is snapped into the cabinet on the left side.

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