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The catch doesn't activate when I close the lid, It looks like it's broken?

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Hello,

Welcome to FixYa.

Based on the info in your post, it sounds like a common top load washer problem. Here`s how you can repair it pretty easily...

( this is based on the most common Whirlpool, Estate, Kitchen-Aid, Roper, Kenmore, Inglis top-load washer, not necessarily applicable to ALL...it should cover yours)

Here`s a helpful link for changing it out,

http://videos.wittysparks.com/id/3098139337

The lid switch will look like this...

the catch doesn't activate when I close the lid, - 40273ed.jpg

Let me know what you find. If this is something you think is not within' your scope of expertise please call a pro.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2011

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Its a switch just take it out and take to an appliance store and they will probably have one. Wont hurt you and if your worried about it just make sure the power is off when doing it.You dont want it starting while you are playing with it

Posted on Mar 19, 2011

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