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How do you bypass the lid switch?

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    lid switch repair



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Can you bypass the lid switch on a roper washing machine?

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Not sure what machine tou on about,but no switches should be bypassed

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What would happen if you accidentally spliced the green ground wire with the other wires? Will this ruin the motor?

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SOURCE: Lid Switch for Washing Machine

pop trims from ends of control panel
remove screws from bottom of control panel under trims
slide control panel forward and up from the bottom, and flip over backwards on its hinges
undo brass clips under control panel, NOTE* how the clips are installed
unplug lid switch cable
lift cabinet slide forward and remove cabinet
turn cabinet upside down
lid switch is accessible

assemble in reverse order

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used my noggin and saved $20-00

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

SOURCE: replacing lid switch on Kenmore 80 series washing machine

It's attached under the top panel but depending on the year of manufacture it could be on the right, below a hole where the strike comes down or on the left rear under the console.

Posted on Jan 07, 2008


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This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:

Enter your model number (###.#######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

The Kenmore / Whirlpool top load uses a reversing motor to initiate the pump for draining and the transmission to spin.

If you cannot hear the motor trying to turn the pump, (but the washer will agitate) the problem points to the Timer, or the Lid Switch.

Try to bypass the Lid Switch by removing the Console and jumping the two outermost pins on the switch.

Following is a description of how to release the console for access to the pins.

This is a Whirlpool PDF on how these washers operate. It has a diagram on jumping the switch as well as a detailed section on how the transmission works.$FILE/L-55.pdf

It also has a troubleshooting guide.

To bypass the switch, you only have to disconnect the power to the washer, tilt the console back, unplug the switch and using an short piece of insulated wire, jump the two outermost contacts on the connector coming from the console and plug the washer back in.

Following is a description of how to gain access to the console and how to remove the cabinet if necessary.

With the jumper in place, try to re-start the washer.

If it works, the Lid Switch is a relatively inexpensive part.

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