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How do you bypass/disable the lid switch on speed queen washers?
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Post# 583392   3/18/2012 at 20:47 (2,044 days old) by norgechef (Saint George New Brunswick )        


Post# 583395 , Reply# 1   3/18/2012 at 21:01 (2,044 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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on the back just above the drain hose outlet, you will see the metal flap of the lid switch......something as simple as a clothes pin can be used to pull this flap down and hold it in place.....

I have also used a cable tie

some have used a bungee cord, clipped over the top of this flap, and stretched down and clipped under the bottom of the machine

did you need a pic?

Post# 583399 , Reply# 2   3/18/2012 at 21:16 (2,044 days old) by norgechef (Saint George New Brunswick )        

Yes a pic might help me better understand what 2 do.....

Post# 583400 , Reply# 3   3/18/2012 at 21:20 (2,044 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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here you go......this is just above the drain hose......

Post# 583402 , Reply# 4   3/18/2012 at 21:27 (2,044 days old) by norgechef (Saint George New Brunswick )        

ok now i know where to put the clothes pin but do i just clip it on that thing? i don't actually have the machine yet lol so i don't really know where anything is and stuff.....

Post# 583409 , Reply# 5   3/18/2012 at 21:46 (2,044 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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just clip the clothes pin onto this flap

the top of the clothes pin is pushing against the little box above it, causing this flap to push down and activate the switch

almost anything will could take a box top, and fold it several times and slide it in there.....

Post# 689294 , Reply# 6   7/14/2013 at 09:47 (1,561 days old) by shall ()        

Awesome. I've been seeing comments on You Tube where people are taking these apart to wire the lid switch mechanism together. Why no one can just state how to do it is beyond me. My old Maytag had an easy to override lid switch. I could override it at will just to see if I had enough water/soap in the load. Love my Speed Queen, but I want to be able to see the agitation w/o trying to peer thru the small crack you get before you have opened the lid to far and it stops.

Post# 689503 , Reply# 7   7/15/2013 at 09:07 (1,560 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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well, with some video explanations on youtube, and may fall here as well, is always a disclaimer, that no one is responsible if you take on yourself to alter/override the lid switch, and someone like a child gets hurt.....the country is sue happy, at this point they would want to blame the person showing them how to override rather than themselves, A for doing it, and B for letting a child play with the machine....even though the instructions are clear on a perfect running machine, never let a child play in around or on said machine....

a few years back, I think it was Frigidaire that got sued for a machine, that was over 10 years old, lid switch did not work anymore, and a 9YO girl got her arm ripped off while trying to add clothing while the machine was spinning.....she won, big time, thats why we have locking mechanisms on machines now!....

this person would not take blame for herself, as letting a child play with or around a machine, and actualyl Frigidaire or any cpany should not be held responsible for a machine, in this case the lid switch for the life of the machine....thats what a warranty if for....after the fact, if the switch stopped working, get it fixed...better yet, don't let a child, who has no clue operate such a machine......

I was 3YO when I learned to use my mothers filterflo.......was never stupid enough to put my hand in that machine anytime it was running.....

then again, you have some of the more stupid parents who think their child is SO smart.....and there ain't a brain in there at kids who are honor roll students, do some of the most bizarre things that would boggle your mind....and do the same mistake over and over and over would think I didn't teach them anything!

Post# 759377 , Reply# 8   5/24/2014 at 22:28 (1,247 days old) by chicagomom ()        
Disable lid switch on Speed Queen

I just bought the Speed Queen top loading washer (and matching dryer).
I replaced my fromt loading LG with the Speed Queen and am loving the way my clothes are coming out so clean AND from the drier very fluffy.

I used the clothes pin trick and now I can open the lid to make sure all is working as expected.

I joined this forum just to say THANK YOU for the clothes pin trick.
I can open the lid and the machine keeps going.


Thank you !!

Post# 759624 , Reply# 9   5/26/2014 at 10:05 (1,245 days old) by JeffG ()        

"I replaced my fromt loading LG with the Speed Queen and am loving the way my clothes are coming out so clean AND from the drier very fluffy."

Wish I had a dollar for every report like that. You can tumble until the cows come home, it'll never be the same washing action as wringing through an agitator.

If you really want clean and fluffy, and you're electrically inclined, these SQ washers can be made to rinse with warm water instead of cold. I think directions and schematics are still in the archives for this site.

Post# 760835 , Reply# 10   6/1/2014 at 22:48 (1,239 days old) by chicagomom ()        
SQ can be made to rinse with warm water

Thank you, JeffG.

Unfortunately, I am I am not electrically inclined.
And I would not want to make an error and negate my warranty.

My entire area has no gas. It is all electric.
So I wash only on weekends when electricity is cheaper.

In any case, I am VERY happy with the results.

I am using my HE detergent and I believe, though, I am using VERY little,
the reason I have so many suds (and so high) is due to the incomplete rinse from
the previous washer.


Post# 856145 , Reply# 11   12/11/2015 at 12:59 (681 days old) by Discount (        
purchased a new 2015 top load mechanical Speedqueeen washer

Do I have to remove the front panel and lift the flat horizontal top to be able to pin this lid switch so I can raise the lid and see inside when running? I don't quite get on how you show to pin with a cloths pin. Could you show a step by step on how to do this? Thanks

Post# 856198 , Reply# 12   12/11/2015 at 20:12 (681 days old) by mamapinky (blairsville pa)        

I can't show you step by step but its in the back of the you don't lift any panel..look at the back of your machine..than at the pic above. Cheryl

Post# 860750 , Reply# 13   1/8/2016 at 20:07 (653 days old) by Joem (New jersey)        
Bypass lid switch

On the speed queen to clip on the clothes pin. Do you have to remove a panel first to access the switch? I'm getting the washer from a dealer in lake hopatcong soon

Post# 860914 , Reply# 14   1/9/2016 at 17:20 (652 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Welcome Joe!.....

this is easier than pie......nothing to remove, or cut, or disassemble.....

as pictured above, keep the lid closed, and from the back of the machine, just above the drain hose, you will see that metal flap, just slide the clothes pin over that flap, and your set......easy on, easy can do it faster than the time to read this post.....

where in Jersey are you located?

Post# 869607 , Reply# 15   2/28/2016 at 16:10 (602 days old) by SoooGrateful (Portland, OR)        

Just want to say Thank-You SOOOOOO much, yogitunes, for the info/fix! I have been soooooo bummed that I couldn't do my usual method of loading my washer - the zen of layering the clothes in as it fills. For some reason, I put off researching it on-line. My old washer's lid lock had become disabled on it's own years ago, so when I got the new Speed Queen, I REALLY missed that. Hard to teach old dogs new tricks! Again, thank-you for taking the time to offer great, helpful info! And the photo really helped! You made my day - heck, my month! I will once again look forward to doing the laundry! You ROCK!

Post# 883504 , Reply# 16   6/4/2016 at 16:12 (505 days old) by rynboskye (Casper, WY)        
Thank you!

I too signed up for this site just to say 'THANKS' to yogitunes for the tip & pic. I love my new Speed Queen washer but having it 'go dead' as soon as I lifted the lid was bothersome. Now it is the perfect machine!

Post# 883507 , Reply# 17   6/4/2016 at 17:08 (505 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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and you are so welcome.....that's what this site is all about, helping others....

this was an easy one, newer machines are getting harder to by-pass these switches....but it is all for safety.....even though many of our machines operate with the lid open, were not crazy enough to put our hand in there to cause an accident....

enjoy, and happy washing!

Post# 899468 , Reply# 18   9/19/2016 at 15:29 (398 days old) by canadianwindsor (MN)        
New Speed Queen model lid shut off

It is a little more difficult to see, but it is just above the discharge hose in a narrow opening. It needs to be held down. I used a long cable tie and connected it to the discharge hose coupling.

Post# 899590 , Reply# 19   9/20/2016 at 06:36 (398 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        
Standard operating proceedure-----

as soon as I bring them in---- I disable that f%#king switch.
Hard to believe some dumb-ass would actually stick their arm into a spinning machine to see if it really would take their arm off. I recall peering into our Unimatic as a child and watching it spin. It was pretty obvious to me it could put some serious hurt on me if I stuck my hand or arm in there. But hey, there's the McDonalds "Hot" coffee debacle.Target just got sued because a woman's toddler picked-up a used hypodermic needle in the parking lot. When the woman saw what the child had in her hand she "slapped" the needle to the ground----and got punctured in the process. So now she sues Target!!! How the f%#k is Target supposed to control what people drop in their parking lot??!! Ridiculous!!! Only in America.

Post# 900439 , Reply# 20   9/25/2016 at 14:03 (392 days old) by Joem (New jersey)        
Newer models

The newer models have the back above the drain hose covered with a plate. You now have to unscrew the back above hose to get at the switch

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