Author Topic: Whirlpool Lid Switch  (Read 1521 times)

Offline BoomerD

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Whirlpool Lid Switch
« on: June 24, 2009, 08:05:08 PM »
Hey folks. I managed to FUBAR the lid switch for my washer. (don't ask) ::)
The original part number is 3949237, and apparently there's been an update and now the part number is 3949247...and it doesn't fit properly.
The mounting screws fit just fine, but the original switch was just --> <-- much taller from the center of the actuator arm to the center of the mounting screw bosses. The difference (perhaps1/16") is just enough that it's impossible to mount the switch without activating it, thus permitting the washer to continue operation with the lid in the "UP" position.
If I have to, I can live with this...at least the washer works...but I'd prefer to have it work RIGHT.

Thanks.

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Re: Whirlpool Lid Switch
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 09:59:11 PM »
Is the replacement switch you got a FSP Whirlpool part or some after market knock off?

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Re: Whirlpool Lid Switch
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 10:03:33 PM »
Did you mount it properly?
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Re: Whirlpool Lid Switch
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 02:19:46 PM »
ROFL!  I guess I understand the "Did you mount it properly" comment...and yes. it was mounted correctly.
As I noted, there's been a revision since the washer was built, and the best way I can explain it is that between the center of rotation of the actuator lever and the center of the two mounting holes, the replacement part (Genuine FSP) was just a tiny bit shorter than the original one.
I called the parts place I deal with, explained the problem to them, and they agreed that it wasn't right. The parts guy called his warehouse, explaine it to them, they dug around, compared parts of the same number and found one that is an exact fit for my machine. Even the warehouse said they could see the very slight difference.

I took the entire top off the washer when I went back to the parts house so they could see what the problem was...we test fit the new replacement switch and it's perfect.

Problem solved... O0 to good parts people!

 

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