How to Remove the Timer on a Kenmore Washer

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The timer on a washer controls how long the washer stays in certain cycles. When replacing the timer on a Kenmore washer, you must access the inside of the control console. Kenmore washers have either a plastic body timer or a metal body timer. Removal of the timer knob depends on what type of timer body your Kenmore uses. Timers secure to the control console with one or two hex screws. You only need a couple of hand tools to remove the Kenmore washer timer.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Nut driver set

Access the Timer

  • Unplug the Kenmore washer power cord from the wall outlet.

  • Disconnect the two screws that secure the front of the control console to the top of the washing machine with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

  • Raise the front of the control console up and rotate the console toward the rear wall. There are two hinges that connect the rear of the control console to the rear panel. The console rests on these two hinges.

  • Locate the timer body inside the control console. The timer body is behind the timer control knob.

Plastic Body Timer

  • Push the timer knob in from the front of the control console. Pull the plastic tab on the back of the timer body out with your fingers to release the timer knob from the shaft. Pull the timer knob off and set the knob out of the way.

  • Slide the timer dial off of the timer shaft on the front of the console. Remove the wiring harnesses from the timer terminals by pulling the harnesses with your fingers.

  • Locate the single hex head screw on the upper left corner of the timer body. Remove the screw with a nut driver and lift the left side of the timer body. Slide the timer body to the right to release the locking tabs and remove the timer from the Kenmore washer.

Metal Body Timer

  • Push the timer knob in and unscrew the knob counterclockwise to remove the knob from the timer shaft. Slide the timer dial off of the face of the control console and timer shaft.

  • Disconnect the two wiring harnesses connecting to the left side of the timer body with your fingers.

  • Remove the tow hex head screws securing the timer body to the control console with a nut driver. Pull the timer body out of the control console.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power from appliances before attempting repairs.

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