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My 8 year old Kenmore stops at the pause cycle before the rinse cycle. I've tried several things including advancing the timer switch but nothing happens and I wind up bailing out the tub and trying again. It seems to me the timer is probably shot. It's a $112 part and I'm not sure I want to spend that much on a "maybe" for an 8 yr old machine. Any thoughts?

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  • rdm9476 Aug 19, 2008

    Thanks for the great advice, I almost bouoght the wrong part - saved me 70 bucks.

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I doubt if the timer is the problem. This is normally a symptom of a defective lid switch. It may be loose or not making good contact. If you open and close the lid, you should hear a "clicking" sound as the lid switch is activated. If you do not hear the switch, check to make sure the lid strike in still intact. This is a small plastic piece mounted on the lid that pushes down on the switch through a slot on the wash tub opening on the right hand side. If this piece breaks off, it will give the same symptoms of a broken lid switch. Next, check the two mounting screws on the right side of the wash tub opening to make sure they are tight. These are the mounting screws for the lid switch. Sometimes they come loose and the switch does not make proper contact. If you attempt all these preliminaries, and the switch still does not seem to be working properly, replace it. A replacement can be found at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and the part will be located under the "Top and Cabinet" heading. For instructions on how to replace a lid switch, click on the following link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

I hope this saves you from an expensive repair. This job is simple and inexpensive. A new switch averages between $25 - $35. I hope this helps you. Let me know if you require further assistance.

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