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Kenmore Elite HE5T model 110.47086600 door latch problem

Kenmore HE5T door latch 110.47086600

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#1 FredSmith

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:51 PM

My six year old Kenmore Elite front loading HE5T washing machine does not latch properly and will not start ever since my five year old "fixed" it with a screwdriver. I can press the button above the latch and then it does start. When I try to close the door it does not latch properly and hence does not push in far enough to press the button. I don't see any obstructions in the female part of the latch. The male part of the latch is loose and slides from side to side, but I think that is normal.

Repair man wants $400 to replace all the parts. I cannot believe my five year old did that much damage. I am sure this is a simple tweak, but I have no experience and don't know where to start.

Your help is very much appreciated!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:59 PM

Start with one of these: (video in link)

 

http://www.repaircli...er=110.47086600

 


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#3 FredSmith

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

I removed the latch assembly (part no 8183270) to see if the nub was broken as described here but my latch assembly looks different.

Inside the latch there is a white rocking piece that blocks the male piece from going in all the way. I don't see anything obvious broken.

Should I just replace the latch?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

Check that the door strike is complete and intact - broken peice may be wedged in latch, otherwise screwdriver has sprung the clasp in the latch to the closed/locked position and replacement of the latch will be required.
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