Having owened a couple of Kenmore automatic washing machines the last one being a 1980-something model, I think I know and can picture what you're talking about. If I remember correctly, the top lid switch is a safety cutoff device that will stop the spinning of the basket during the rinse and spin dry cycles. It may not be the fault of the switch if this feature is causing the tub not to spin when it should, but it probably is. Also, if I remember correctly the whole top of the machine can be lifted up from the front (being careful not to wedge the operating panel on the back against anything and damage it) exposing the underside where the switch is mounted. It should have a couple of small screws attaching it to the underside of the top and a couple of wires that should be able to be unplugged fairly easily (don't break anything)<G> for a new switch purchases from your nearest Sears parts department to be installed. BUT, WAIT !! Before your go to even that length, if your hubby has or can get hold of a volt/amp/cont meter, have him check when he locates the switch if there is continuity across the terminals of the switch in the position it is in when the top lid is closed (but with no electrical activity in the controls of the machine--control dial on 'Off'). If there is continuity, there is nothing wrong with the switch. There may be an open connection elsewhere in the circuit to the clutch that closes to spin the tub. You have to pull the machine away from the wall far enough the look in the bottom "machinery compartment" to find the connections to that clutch. Lotsa luck to you 'guys'
Experience with things like that
· 1 decade ago