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Maytag Model, educate me please
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Post# 965374   11/1/2017 at 12:04 (351 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        

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I recently acquired a Maytag washing machine Model 282 from the local re-store.  This is my first automatic.  I want to disable the safety lid switch.  I mean half the fun is being able to watch.  I have tried other forums and the archives, but must be doing something wrong or not enough practice at it.  So...if anyone can help, I am open to any classroom time available.  Thanks.

Post# 965379 , Reply# 1   11/1/2017 at 12:33 (351 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Tommy, is there any way you are able to post a photo of the machine?  (just for our curiosity, of course).  


The lid switches on Maytags have a dual purpose, aside from being the lid safety switch, it's also part of the off balance circuit.  So... if you disable the lid switch, you also disable the off balance switch at the same time.  As many others have done, while a little inconvenient, it may be best to find something you can wedge between the lid and the lid switch button (while the lid is open).  Half of a wooden clothes pin works well, or any item the right thickness to keep the button in far enough when the lid is open.   I have a couple rubber key fobs that work too.


I hope this helps


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Post# 965388 , Reply# 2   11/1/2017 at 13:30 (351 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I disabled the switch in my 511 shortly after buying it 35 years ago by wrapping a wire around it to keep the circuit open and attaching the other end around the drain hose. Yes, it does also disable the off balance switch, but if it does start to go out of balance, the lid hits the timer and shuts it off.

Post# 965390 , Reply# 3   11/1/2017 at 14:03 (351 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
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Thanks Kevin and wayupnorth,

Before I asked for help and trying to figure a way to disable the lid switch, I um , well the little spring that seems to hold things together came unhooked and the whole switch fell apart into my hands.  I have all of the parts but be damned if I can figure out how to put it back.  I did not inherit the engineering gene.  LESSEN LEARNED:  Ask before disassembling. !!  Soo, any diagrams available to help me get the switch back in position?

Post# 965393 , Reply# 4   11/1/2017 at 14:12 (351 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Presuming you get the switch back together, I've been doing fine with using half of an old fashion clothespin on my Maytag.  The rounded side conforms nicely to the notch in the lid. 


I bought a big pack of I think 50 of this type of pin brand new from the ReStore.  One broke in half -- because they're probably made from weaker wood than older ones -- but you could easily pry one in half.


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Post# 965434 , Reply# 5   11/1/2017 at 18:40 (351 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I asked a good friend that used to be here... about disabling the lid switch and he said that you should really be sure as when they go out of balance... they can whack the Outer Cabinet and can get all dented up.

Post# 965441 , Reply# 6   11/1/2017 at 19:16 (351 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I don't use a clothespin to keep the lid up during the entire cycle.  I only use it to check for adequate movement of the contents after the machine begins agitation, and will adjust the water level if needed.   After that, I leave the lid closed and enjoy the sound of a pitman drive smoothly doing its job.

Post# 965463 , Reply# 7   11/1/2017 at 20:27 (351 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

When I get home I'll take a picture of how I disabled the switch while leaving OOB protection in place.

Post# 965489 , Reply# 8   11/1/2017 at 21:54 (351 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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I tried to disable my Maytag switch and gave up as well -- I use a wooden shim in between the lid and the cabinet and it works just fine!

Post# 965534 , Reply# 9   11/2/2017 at 01:54 (350 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
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To disable the safety lid switch on my maytag is use a little wooden spoon I bought at a 2nd handstore. I think it went to a little wooden bowl, like for ground chile or something like that?

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Post# 965587 , Reply# 10   11/2/2017 at 12:23 (350 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I just pulled the switch out, wrapped tape around it, and re-installed it.....

on the 806 I had to add a splitter to the wiring, so the lid switch for operation was bypassed, and yet the tub light still worked.....easier than you think....

you could even pull both wires off and tape them together bypassing the switch....

some newer models have two switches, and a fuse, that allow it to fill while the lid is open, those get a bit tricky.....

for the most part, were always there watching the machine in case of any issues.....but never had one go out of can happen, but seems to take a lot to trip the OOB...........YMMV....

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