Hi, have just read your post on fixya from last yeay when you changed the door seal on your hotpoint wma46 and the door wouldnt lock, i have just changed the door seal on mine and have the same problem with the lock, could you tell me what you did to fix it please?
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I think probably the problem was caused an out of balance load.
which would cause the problem you have experienced.
The door catch can be replaced, but it means taking the door apart to replace it, and you may possibly have to replace the door lock as well.
I think it is worth repairing, but you may possibly have to get an enginner to do it for you.
From the symptons you describe, it could be a broken or weak spring in the door handle, which ca be fixed relatively inxpensively, that is where i would start, you can purchase one directly from hotpoint, or possibly a local repairer. if that does not cure the problem, then the odds are it will be a faulty programme module.
Hope this helps.
Firstly remove band holding front of seal then remove the screws from the door lock and push lock through.
Remove kick plate from bottom of machine &take out 2 screws holding front of machine.
Remove soap drawer &take out screws behind it then bring facia forward & slide to right to remove. Take care at this stage not to disturb wiring on cicuit board. An extra pair of hands would be helpfull to hold it.
Remove screws holding front as you did at bottom then lift and remove front panel.
Seal is now easily accessed.
Post back if any further assistance needed.
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turn off at mains
remove clamp that holds door seal to cabinet. peel door seal off cabinet.
undo clamp that holds seal to tub. pull seal away from tub.
lubricate slot in seal that goes on tub rim with washing up fluid
starting at top, fit groove in seal onto rim and work your way round in both directions pushing seal on to tub rim - requires patience and you amy not suceed first time round.
refit inner clamp
fit seal rond cabinet -0 this part is easy
refit outer clamp.
test for leaks on rinse as the water level is higher
assuming that you didfi not unwire ther door lock, the problem is probably just that the door seal just needs bedding in and you should be able to start by closing more firmly and pushing in till the door lock catches. did you properly seat the door boot on the cabinet?