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Kenmore model 70 washing machine fills with water, doesn't agitate, spin or anything else. Could it be the closed lid sensor? Friend says it broke in two. I told them to unplug power, pig-tail two wires together to complete circuit isolate from all metal and plug power back in, and see if it cycles. Is that advice a good start? Will try to re-post if he calls back and says if it worked or not and we'll go from there. Thanks for replies.
Note after reading a bunch of information. I went home and removed the hose from the Level Switch and "clean it", if you will and re-attached. Started a load, and bingo bango bongo, it work. Thanks for the insight.
You most likely have a broken coupler between the motor and gearcase.
You can buy the part for about $10 or have someone come out and replace it for about $150-200.
If you will post the complete model number from the the washer so I can see which style cabinet you have, I will try to walk you through the repair. It isn't very complicated if you are handy with home repairs.
With the age of the machine it probably just needs a coupler, but it could also have a problem in the transmission or basket drive that has caused the failure.