Kenmore washing machine doesn't drain or spin

It's controlled by a rotary knob connected to a motor-driven set of mechanical switches that sequence the various cycles.
It fills, washes and agitates okay. The first high-speed drain doesn't work. The pointer on the control dial continues into the Rinse section (telling me the timer motor is working), then everything stops, like there is no power from the wall. I no longer can hear the gears of the timer motor turning.
If I pull the control knob out, then position it at various points in the rinse or spin cycles, nothing happens. If I position it back into the wash position, the agitator starts.
Same problems occur regardless of the mode I select, Ultra Clean or Permanent Press, or the spin speed I select.
Everything points to the timer. I first theorized that the reason everything stops at some point in the Rinse cycle is that there is a call for more water in, but the drum is still filled. So something senses too much water and shuts everything down to prevent overfill. I've manually bailed out at least half the water, but the problems still exist, so this theory seems bad.
Normally, I would just go ahead and buy a timer, but Sears and none of the independent parts places have it in stock. So before killing a week waiting, I'm trying here for other possibilities.
Kenmore Model: 110.22842100
Thanks for any other ideas you have.
Ray
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Ray K wrote:

Hi,
*Sounds* more like a bad lid switch is possible. You can bypass it ( http://www.applianceaid.com/dd_lidswitch.html ) to test the washer.
http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R 3&NT7222
Lid switch assembly jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Appliance Repair Aid wrote:

that the mounting screws go into were broke, allowing it to fall. In the interest of speed, I'll buy the part locally, but tomorrow I will make a donation.
Now I see that any time the lid must be closed, everything will halt if it appears open. I knew it had to be closed during the final spin, but I didn't realize it must be closed at certain other times, too.
Ray
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On 12/28/2004 4:08 PM US(ET), Ray K took fingers to keys, and typed the following:

Most will continue to operate with the lid open while in the wash mode (to add clothes, etc.). My Kenmore will. If I open the lid while in spin mode (to rearrange clothes for balance), the machine will shut down until the lid is closed.
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Bill

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Ray K wrote:

Hi Ray,
Glad to hear you are getting somewhere with it :) Thankx for the update!! jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Appliance Repair Aid wrote:

again.
Ray
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Ray K wrote:

That's great!! Glad you got it repaired :) jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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<DIV>It's controlled by a rotary knob connected to a motor-driven set of <BR>mechanical switches that sequence the various cycles.<BR><BR>It =fills, washes and agitates okay. The first high-speed drain doesn't <BR>work. The pointer on the control dial continues into the Rinse section <BR>(telling me the timer motor is working), then everything stops, like <BR>there is no power from the wall. I no longer can hear the gears of the <BR>timer motor turning.<BR><BR>If I pull the control knob out, then position it at various points in <BR>the rinse or spin cycles, nothing happens. If I position it back into <BR>the wash position, the agitator starts.<BR><BR>Same problems occur regardless of the mode I select, Ultra Clean or <BR>Permanent Press, or the spin speed I select.<BR><BR>Everything points to the timer. I first theorized that the reason <BR>everything stops at some point in the Rinse cycle is that there is a <BR>call for more water in, but the drum is still filled. So something <BR>senses too much water and shuts everything down to prevent overfill. <BR>I've manually bailed out at least half the water, but the problems still <BR>exist, so this theory seems bad.<BR><BR>Normally, I would just go ahead and buy a timer, but Sears and none of <BR>the independent parts places have it in stock. So before killing a week <BR>waiting, I'm trying here for other possibilities.<BR><BR>Kenmore Model: 110.22842100<BR><BR>Thanks for any other ideas you have.<BR><BR>Ray</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT color=#000080>I had a Kenmore that wouldn't spin/drain/extract.&nbsp; Called for service and it turned out that a wire on some switch in the back had come loose.&nbsp; My husband was there to witness the fix so every subsequent time it failed to operate, he just opened up the back and reconnected the loose wire.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML> ------=
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The timer doesn't have any odd odors or discoloration.
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