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Defective lid switch I think

When I open the lid my washer stops.  I have had to hit near the lid switch and it would run fine.  Now this doesn't work.  what can I do until I get a replacement switch?  How can I get it to work.

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Sounds like your lid switch is ok .. u need to replace or adjust the plunger for the switch... below is a pic of the plunger.. sometimes u can get a little adjustment on the clip that pushs the plunger thats attached to the lid.. pic below

sounds like this is the part that has wore and shorten some...

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also check the lid cam maybe able to wedge something behind to get more length out of the plunger heres a pic

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Posted on Oct 27, 2007

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    Mike Johnson Oct 27, 2007

    To be sure switch is still working you can see where the above cam will push on the plunger.. push with something and listen for the click and see if wash will work... if so replace plunger and maybe cam .. you maybe able to figure out how to get more length untill u can replace

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