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Lid closes to push down lever to let machine spin how do i fix that mechanisum ?

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Door or Lid Latch Assembly If the washer won't spin or agitate the lid switch assembly might be defective. This is a very common problem. The lid switch assembly can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any electrical switches with an Ohm meter for continuity. The switches should have continuity according to their design.

Door Lock Motor and Switch Assembly If the washer won't spin or agitate the door lock assembly should be checked. The door lock can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any switches on the door lock with an Ohm meter. The switches should have continuity according to their design.

Motor Control Board If the washer won't spin or agitate the motor control board might be defective. The motor control board provides power to the motor as well as direction and force. If the motor control board is defective the washer may not work at all or function properly.

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There is a switch..(interlock) that activates when the lid is open or closed...not allowing the unit to go into spin if the lid is open. It may be that the machine thinks the lid is open. The switch could be dirty or broken or loose. There is a little leg sticking out from the underside of the lid, that goes into a slot on the machine when the lid is closed, that activates the switch. Make sure this all looks good, (no obstructions or debris in the slot) and the leg goes all the way into the slot (lid closes all the way).
You should see a little plastic lever in the slot that the leg on the lid will contact when you close it. If it is there and unobstructed, try gently pushing down on with your finger or the back of a pencil or something, until you hear a faint click (switch). It should spring back into position when you release. Its a quick and easy check. Good luck.

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most likely the lid switch is bad, listen for a click when closing the lid, try pushing down on the lid, if it works replace the lid switch, if you hear no click try a pen or screwdriver etc to push down the switch lever.

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Open and close lid, listen for 'clicking' sound. If no 'clicking' sound, this indicates a lid switch problem.
The lid switch on your machine, based upon the model number you provided, is hidden under the right side of the cabinet and is activated by the right lid hinge.
The first thing to check are the screws on the right lid hinge, if they come loose, (as they usually do) the switch will not activate properly. If this does not resolve the issue, proceed as follows:

1. Lift the console. Look in the back of the console, in each corner there will be a screw, unscrew until the console can be pushed forward.
2. You will find a lid switch connector (white in color). Unplug the switch from the connector.
3. There will be two brass colored clips. Place a flat blade screwdriver straight down into the opening on top of the washer and into the groove of the clip. Push the screwdriver down and away from you and the clip will release.
4. Open the lid of the washer and place your hand under the front rim of the opening (DO NOT grab the wash tub). Tilt and slide cabinet forward to remove.

Inspect the switch for proper operation by moving the lever. Also check the lid hinge lever to insure proper pressure to the switch, bend if necessary.

If you need further assistance, let me know

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