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Hello. We have a Whirlpool 6th Sense WWDC7440 washer, about 2 years old if that. The on/off button has always seemed a bit flimsy. So a few days ago the button just pushed in without the usual click.  I've removed the front control panel and discovered that rather than a solid on/off switch there is essentially a flimsy piece of plastic with a point on it which is supposed push a microswitch on a pcb. But it has snapped.  I've ordered the £5 plastic part. The question is how to fit it. The most obvious barrier is that you need to get the selector knob off to move the controller box away from the front...but how? Ive tried to remove the selector knob from the front side but it wont shift. You tube videos show american washers have a button behind the knob which you press to release. But the back of this knob is covered by a red plastic block which also has a wire attached. The wire just clips out, but I'm not sure if the red block is removable. Any ideas how I can remove the selector knob or indeed any advice as to fit this piece of on/off switch plastic. Thanks.

 

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Nobody replied. But it's all sorted. Before you do anything, switch the power off!!! You don't need to remove the selector knob. All you do is 1) ease out the green PCB on the right which contains the display led's for temp and program time etc. You release it by using a small flat head screwdriver to release 4 or 5 plastic clips. 2) Once that PCB is out of the way it gives you access to the white holder into which the on/off button assembly clips. Again use the small screwdriver to ease out the broken item. 3) You don't have to take the selector knob off. I found you can ease the main controller PCB up a millimetre or so on each side which is just enough to get the new assembly in. 5 minutes all in. 

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Apologies Ken. Sometimes they get through unnoticed if people post at times when I'm particularly busy. Many thanks for taking the trouble to follow it up. Much appreciated.

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On 06/02/2017 at 19:00, KenTucky said:

Nobody replied. But it's all sorted. Before you do anything, switch the power off!!! You don't need to remove the selector knob. All you do is 1) ease out the green PCB on the right which contains the display led's for temp and program time etc. You release it by using a small flat head screwdriver to release 4 or 5 plastic clips. 2) Once that PCB is out of the way it gives you access to the white holder into which the on/off button assembly clips. Again use the small screwdriver to ease out the broken item. 3) You don't have to take the selector knob off. I found you can ease the main controller PCB up a millimetre or so on each side which is just enough to get the new assembly in. 5 minutes all in. 

Thank you sooo much for this. Ours broke during the lockdown and thanks to your instructions hubby has managed to take the machine apart ready for the new part to be delivered. 

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