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Wsm2480dww laundry center(combo)

Won't spin until lid is raised and lowered during the spin cycle. Pumps ok.

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  • bd_123us Jul 11, 2008

    Thank you for the reply. The lid switch is tight and has a very distinct click. I have heard of a timer issue makes a washer act like this. In the case I've heard of, the washer needs to see a pause before activating the spin cycle, and by opening the lid, you force a pause on the washer. I belive that's what I'm looking at here, it is very consistent and simply opening and closing the lid remedies it. If it was a flaky lid switch, it would work some of the time, and sometimes not. Just want to make sure I'm not barking up the wrong tree, and replace a timer for nothing.

    Every heard of the above senario?

    Thank you much for your efforts!



  • bd_123us Jul 13, 2008

    Thanks for your time!

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    Toby Norton May 11, 2010

    Sounds like you may be having a lid switch problem. Have you tightened the screws on both the hinges on the lid and the screws on the lid switch on the right hand side in the top as you open the lid?

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The washer drains the water durring the neutral drain. (water drains out but the basket does not spin). Then the timer will hit a "pause" (basically removes the power momentraily so the gear case can change gears). So if you are not getting the pause durring the cycle, lifting the lid does the exact same thing. I would agree with you from your last comments that you do have a timer issue. They can be ordered on line from the manufacture or more readily a local appliance parts store.

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    Toby Norton Jul 23, 2008

    Your most welcome. I'm glad we were able to get that take care of. Thank you for the great reating too.

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    Toby Norton Aug 10, 2008

    Just adding a comment on this one to get it off my work que. Please dis-regard.

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