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Offline jeremytl

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1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« on: September 09, 2015, 08:18:38 AM »

Problem began when the unit would fill with water but not proceed to the next stage, would not agitate, etc. I replaced the timer and still no improvement. Then I saw a 2 minute video where a guy repaired the lid switch where it cam unglued. I was attempting to do that but when removing the lid switch I broke the clear tubing attached to it about 7" back where I can't reach it. So I need to take the side panel off (I need some guidance on that too) or fing the other end of that tube and pull it through. Where does that tube go?
Thanks very much in advance.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2015, 11:49:30 AM »
If I just knew where the clear tube goes to from the lid switch I can at least have a starting point.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2015, 12:32:07 PM »
You don't need that tube anyway.You can try to glue gray part back together but my need to by now one.Post your model number.
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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2015, 02:26:02 PM »
here are a couple pics. I think I do need that tube. it tells the unit when to stop adding water. when i bypassed the lid switch the water almost overflowed until i turned it off, the tube was still attached at that point. when i was trying to strip the wires on the switch i used too much force and pulled that tube out from where ever it was connected. now i don't know where it goes.




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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2015, 02:28:23 PM »
i got that piece of black tube from auto zone to use as a coupleing but i cant find where the tube broke from.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2015, 03:21:03 PM »
the pressure tube runs from the pressure sensor in the console, to the bulb on the lower side of the tub.   it should have nothing to do with the lid switch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETm6iwYoS9I

that video shows the pressure sensor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWrQVGyrFSQ

this second video is for a ge toploader, but should give you a good idea of what we mean by "connects to the side of the wash tub"


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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2015, 03:28:10 PM »
If I just knew where the clear tube goes to from the lid switch I can at least have a starting point.

This clear tube is for the inner part of the switch ventilation only and Whirlpool does not make it anymore. Just forget about it.


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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2015, 04:00:14 PM »
If I just knew where the clear tube goes to from the lid switch I can at least have a starting point.

This clear tube is for the inner part of the switch ventilation only and Whirlpool does not make it anymore. Just forget about it.



ok, i believe you but why did the tube start overflowing when i broke that clear tube off? and it was connected to something, there was tension when i pulled the switch out. then it broke loose

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2015, 06:01:39 PM »
Here. is clear view of your parts page 15 there is a pressure tube number 18 on the parts list.Make sure that goes to the bottom of tub and the pressure switch you could of pulled the tube off at either place.https://www.whirlpool.com/digitalassets/MLPDF/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%204377552.pdf ˙Here is the part number for the lid switch 3355458
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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2015, 07:43:39 PM »
Here. is clear view of your parts page 15 there is a pressure tube number 18 on the parts list.Make sure that goes to the bottom of tub and the pressure switch you could of pulled the tube off at either place.https://www.whirlpool.com/digitalassets/MLPDF/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%204377552.pdf ˙Here is the part number for the lid switch 3355458

can you show me on that part you linked where the clear tubing is?

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2015, 09:07:22 PM »
It does not show up in the breakdown as they made it that way for a very short time like AJ said.Look for other problem if it's overfilling.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2015, 07:16:58 AM »
Thank you for linking the pdf with parts breakdown. And for the other advice as well. I have the lid switch bypassed for now. And I now realize that clear tube does nothing.
So I figured out how to remove the brass spring clips and slide the top cover off the washer.  From there, I cannot figure out how to take the front or one of the side panels off to access the tub and look for the tube that would go up to the pressure switch. Can someone please guide me on this? And if the tub is overfilling, it can only be a bad pressure switch am I correct? I have one on order.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2015, 07:33:49 AM »
This manual may help. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-i5KqMA2RZwSjNjZGxUVzM4UEU/view?usp=sharing also if that tube did come off at tub it would leak a little water under washer.Also the tube could have a small hole in it as that would affect the pressure switch.Just take the front panel off or if the top is off you may see the tube on the right side of the tub.
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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2015, 07:47:28 AM »
thanks for linkinhg that. for some reason, in the troubleshooting and diagnosis section of that document, it does not mention what to check if the tub is overfilling.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2015, 07:57:29 AM »
Pressure switch would be one. Tube off pressure switch or tub.Hole in tube.Water valve not shutting off as this could be check by if the washer was about to overflow and you unplug washer and then it kept filling water valve would be bad.Also a pinched water pressure tube could cause that.Did you check to see if it was still on pressure switch? If it was working before you started with the switch you must of did something.Double check everything you did.

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2015, 11:57:39 AM »
sorry for the blurry pic but you can see the black tape on the tube connection at the pressure switch. we've lived in this house for ten years and I haven't messed with that so that was a problem someone fixed with electrical tape many moons ago. I can't believe it held through so many uses of the unit. So I am ordering one of those when I find it. I went home on my lunch break and fiddled with it and got it to work. but I will be watching it closely until I get a new one for it.

does this look like proper water level set on extra small load?

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Re: 1998 Whirlpool Thin Twin - need some help please
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2015, 02:27:45 PM »
Looks like your on the right track.This is the part number for that pressure switch hose. 8545438