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Washer will not pass wash cycle...Will not Drain

Washer stops after wash cycle. Works fine up until this point. Will not drain. Have replaced pump and checked lid switch. It is a direct drive unit (no belts). What's next?

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  • Shane Caldwell Nov 08, 2006

    Removed switch & checked with meter. Worked fine.

  • Shane Caldwell Nov 08, 2006

    Also does not spin when advanced in any position (regular, delicate, etc.) As if the washer dies after wash cycle complete.

  • Shane Caldwell Nov 08, 2006

    Ended up being a bad lid switch. Was coming apart. Just happened to be good when meter tested.

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    will wash fine will not drain and spin

  • megasport Dec 22, 2007

    How can the lid switch be changed? I do not have the washer manual.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    Roper machine; Stopped at spin cycle... will do nothing!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008




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Washer stops after wash cycle. Works fine up until this point. Will not drain

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Exactly the same issue, put a heavy stuff on the top of lid, the spin cycle.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008



We found the lid was slightly bent and so it was not activating the spin cycles. We just placed something heavy on the lid over the latch that activates the spin cycle and it works lke a charm.

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Nightshade, in most cases, no spin, no drain is a lid switch problem. If you advance the timer to the spin position does it spin? If the machine is agitating you can rule out the coupler. If you are sure that it is not a lid switch problem, then you are probably looking at a bad back.

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