I have a 15 year old GE Hotpoint washer. The control knob just spins but does not engage. The teeth on the timer seem to be okay. I can use the washer by rotating the timer with a pliers. When I installed a new knob, it did not seem to engage. With this model do I need to purchase the compression ring also? It is part #6 in the manual. And if so, where exactly does this compression ring go? Thanks so much Bill K
ANSWER Hello Bill,
The compression ring goes around the part of the timer knob that slips onto the timer. This part is basically a reinforcement for the plastic part of the knob, to make it strong enough to withstand the force that is applied when turning the timer mechanism. You should look closely at the geared mechanism on the front of the timer. If the timer is binding, the geared mechanism will begin to strip. When this occurs, if the timer knob is replaced it will destroy the new knob in a very short time.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, December 05, 2012