Washer door won't latch
Posted 28 July 2005 - 05:59 AM
I may have broken the latch on my washer door (front loading). When I opened the door, it seemed stuck so I pulled harder - no yank, but harder than usual. It opened, but now it won't latch shut. The cycle had not completed - I think there may have been a split second power failure that interrupted the cycle - there was water still in the tub. Perhaps the door was not "stuck" but locked?
If I hold the door closed, the washer seems to work fine, though I only tested it for a couple minutes. With the door held shut, I started a new cycle, then cancelled it. I hoped that would reset the locking mechanism, but no luck.
Is there some easy trick? If not, is this a repair I can do myself? I have no experience, but I can follow directions just fine. Should I take the thing apart before ordering parts?
Posted 28 July 2005 - 07:22 AM
FYI, there is an emergency door release on these machines. Remove the bottom panel, there is a ring (out of sight) on the bottom of the lock which can be pulled to release it.
Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:24 AM
Look at the front of the washer and look where the latch goes into the unit ... Its very possible that you broke the door lock assembly...many times ya can actually see in like that kinda square type hole that it locks into... I have done many of these and I believe that Kenmore even relaesed a service flash on it ... Off hand the part # is 8181700 To change the door lock assembly it can be done right from the front of the washer.
Remove the sping around the front boot
Remove the right side of the boot from the front face of washer
Remove the 3 Torx screw that hold the door lock assembly in
There are three connectors to the lock assembly remove
Then put the assembly back in and work in reverse ... The hardest part is putting the spring back on over the boot ... It would be better if you have an extra set of hand .... It takes me less than 10 minutes to do these.
Posted 28 July 2005 - 09:49 AM
Any special tips for getting the spring back on?
Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:58 PM
Posted 02 August 2005 - 04:15 PM
Thanks for all the help.
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