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Washing machne problem

The push-pull stop-start knob does not engage with the load-cycle selector. It rotates freely without engaging. The load-cycle seletor can be rotated manually but with difficulty.

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  • rdnelson Jul 13, 2008

    FixYa is worthless on this problem.

  • rdnelson Jul 13, 2008

    A broken support ring was not the problem but teflong gears that were worn out. The support ring was conpletely intact. Had it broken the start-stop push-pull knob would have come out. A new timer and control knobs were needed.



    Ronald Nelson

  • rdnelson Jul 13, 2008

    A broken support ring was not the problem but teflong gears that were worn out. The support ring was conpletely intact. Had it broken the start-stop push-pull knob would have come out. A new timer and control knobs were needed.



    Ronald Nelson

  • ALOKK123 Jan 25, 2009

    I have a washer GE model WPSQ3120T5WW and Serial no. SR173481G. The timer knob and the dial are rotating freely and do not start the machine any more. I am wondering if the problem lies with the dial and the knob or the timer. Please let me know what could be the problem and how do i try to fix it.

    Thanks a million,

    regards,
    Alok
    alokk123@yahoo.com
    571-274-5975

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The help that you gave me was completely wrong. The support ring was okay. I solved my problem by buying a new timer and control knobs. The teflong 'gears' were worn out so the knobs rotated freely.

Ronald Nelson

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