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How to remove the inlet valve wires on my washer? mod# 110.26002011

fragile washer valve wire connector

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#1 codeMonkey

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:41 AM

I'm replacing the cold water inlet valve on my Kenmore washer.  I read your how to here, but it simply said to remove the wires. 

 

My problem is that the tabs the connectors wires are in are _very_ firmly attached to the tabs on the old valve.  That combined with the fact that the wires are about as thick as a hair and my paws are kind of gnarled and arthritic makes me afraid to just force them off - I might break the wire(s).

 

Is there a trick or a special tool needed to do this?  There's a picture below of what the connectors look like.

 

Also while I have your ear, when I connect the new ones, should I give the metal tabs on the valve a smear of dielectric grease before snapping them in?

 

Thannk you.

 

(Sorry for the giganto image.  I don't know how to size them with this richtext control.)

 

 

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 12:34 PM

I got it.  I sorta wiggled 'em off with a pair of needlenose pliers. 

 

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 12:35 PM

No trick or tool.  Just pull on the connectors, somewhat carefully to avoid breaking them.  Try pliers for a better grip or a small screwdriver under the connector between the terminals for leverage.







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