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    • Part Number: AP4027951
    • MFG Part Number: 22003718
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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I have a stacked laundry unit. It would not go into the spin cycle and all the clothes were too wet. I was checking a variety of the switches that could interfere with the spin cycle. I took the access cover off the machine and watched as I put the machine into the spin cycle. I noticed that the latch axle was depressing the spin cycle enable switch slightly but not fully, and the machine never went into a true spin cycle. When I bypassed the switch with a paperclip or taped the green switch down, the machine would go into the spin cycle. The switch seems to be mounted in the correct position, and the latch axle does not appear broken or worn down. I switched the door lock switch and spin cycle enable switch to see if there was any difference but it still did not spin. Testing both switches with a multimeter did not reveal any problems. Is there any adjustment to the latch axle that can make it extend and depress the switch fully? The wax motor, lock mechanism, and all other parts of that sub-system all seem to be in place with no room to move things closer together. I don't mind spending $4 on a new latch axle, but I'm not sure that will fix the problem. Any other ideas? I'm considering just gluing a small piece of plastic on the end of the latch axle to make it reach far enough. Thanks.

Phil for Model Number MLE2000AYW

ANSWER Phil, You will want to make sure that the brace that the latch assembly mounts to is not warped which would cause the latch to not fully engage. If it is then you will want to either pull back out or use washers behind the mounting plate to get the latch assembly back to the proper position. If this is ok then you would want to check the spin enable switch to make sure that it is good and if the latch axle is not being fully engaged then the wax motor would be the cause if brace is not warped. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Thursday, March 07, 2013

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