pump leaking, lid switch failed previously and was jumpered

ApplianceKenmore Washer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Wrench set
Screw drivers
Socket set

Randy From Apple Valley, MN

May 25, 2011

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I started by unplugging the machine and turned the water off.

Then I removed the washing machine sheet metal outside by removing the top screws, spring clips, and flipped the control panel up. Then lifted the sheet metal cover off of the entire machine for good access.

Next, I removed the hoses from the pump, then I popped the retaining clips off of the pump. Worst part was pulling the pump off of the motor shaft due to corrosion. Had to use a pair of screw drivers for leverage after a few taps with the rubber hammer to break the corrosion loose. Once I got the pump off, I ground the corrosion with a Craftsman rotary tool with a wire wheel.

The new pump went on pretty easily -- I put a little light grease on the shaft to help with installation, and hope that the corrosion adhere as bad the next time. I reinstalled the clips and installed the water lines to the pump.

Next, I attacked the lid switch. The old switch came off pretty easily with just 2 screws, pulled the wire routing clips off and disconnected the wire connector from the sheet metal. Installation was pretty simple as I installed the switch with the two screws, and routed the wire as it was before. I pulled the jumper wire that I had installed previously.

I installed the sheet metal cover for the washer and flipped the control panel down. I plugged the washing machine back in and turned on the water.

I ran the machine through a quick ops check and found that the pump was not leaking and the lid switch worked fine. Since I was satisfied with the repair I installed the screws from the control panel to the metal chassis and then installed the plastic fairings over the top.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Direct Drive Water Pump

Part Number: PS342434

In Stock

Lid Switch Assembly

Part Number: PS350431

In Stock