Washing Machine won't drain/spin ?

I'm not "hardware hank" but wondering if I can fix, at least temporarily, a Kenmore washing machine: Series 90, about 8 years old.
It is full of water and won't drain and won't spin. I unplugged and reached under where the lid switch is and something fell down behind the bin inside the machine. So I'm guessing it had broken off. Just a guess. I can't remember if it the lid needs to be closed for it to drain but if it does then perhaps it is a broken switch.
Is there any way a non-repair type like me can fix it?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Norm wrote:

Lid must be shut to run! Yopu could bypass that switch temporarily but be careful so no one gets hurt by say having arm in machine it will start spinning
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Your lid switch is broken. This is how you replace it:
Unplug washer. Remove endcaps if present on the control panel, that cover scew at lower front left and right, at the point it touches the washer top. Remove those screws. Rotate the control panel up on its hinges. Disconnect lid switch connector. Stick a screwdriver into the clips that hold the top to the back, wedge the tool back to spring the clips. Now the whole cabinet will come off the chassis by pulling it forward and out of the way. You will now have access to replace the switch. To put back together, the hardest part is getting the cabinet back on. Lift it up and hook front along front edge of the base, rotate the whole thing onto the base. The sides may tend to flair out away from the base. If they do, use your foot to give gentle pressue inward to allign side with base. Snap the clips back in place, and continue.
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OP back.
Thanks for the suggestions.
The washer is almost full and in a location not easily moved.
Is there any way to disable the cutoff switch from the control panel?
Thanks.
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A good washer servicer would never suggest that you bypass a lid switch, but if you are bent on doing it, you can access the connection point by flipping up the control panel. It is right there. A small wire run between the outer contacts will complete the circuit and allow you to operate the washer. You remove an important safety element by bypassing the lid switch; the spin won't stop when opening the lid, and this is dangerous, especially if you have small children. You will have to decide for yourself if the bypass is temporary or a permanent fix for your washer.
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Norm wrote:

Hi,
No model# posted.

That isn't it. http://www.applianceaid.com/model.html

Very possible the lid switch is broken. These may help....
http://www.applianceaid.com/procedures.html http://www.applianceaid.com/dd_lidswitch.html
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Thanks to all for suggestions.
Given that I'm not sure which is correct wire to connect to do the bypass so I can at least drain the tub. I think I best call the Sears/Kenmore repair center.
BTW, the model # is: 110.26912691
Again, thank you for the responses and help.
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Norm wrote:

Hi,
The lid switch... http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R 3&NT7222 Lid switch assembly

Some washer drain hose are low to the floor, may be able to lower the drain hose int oa bucket to empty out the washer.
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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