June 1, 2015

How to troubleshoot flashing lid lock errors on a vertical modular washer video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to troubleshoot flashing lid lock errors on a vertical modular washer.
How to troubleshoot flashing lid lock errors on a vertical modular washer.

This video from Sears PartsDirect shows how to troubleshoot a blinking lid lock light on your top-load vertical modular washer. The lid lock light on VMW washers, made by Whirlpool, Kenmore and Maytag, will flash whenever there is a problem with the washer. The problem may not necessarily be a broken lid lock.

Learn about a few possible issues, including the actuator motor, and see how to check the error codes on your washer to find out what the problem is. You can order replacement washer parts or find other helpful tips on our washer repair help page.

Repair guides for top-load washers

How to replace the motor coupler on a top-load washer

If the washer drains but won’t agitate or spin, the motor coupler might have broken to protect the drive motor from damage. Follow these steps to replace a broken motor coupler.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace the agitator dogs in a top-load washer

If the top of the agitator moves both ways instead of just one, replace the agitator dogs, using the steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace the drive block on a top-load washer

The drive block rotates the spin basket. If the basket wobbles or rattles in the spin mode because the drive block is worn out, replace the drive block following these directions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less

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Troubleshooting a direct-drive top-load washer that won't fill video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn the possible reasons that your washer won't fill and how to fix it when you find the problem.