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this is most likely a lid switch issue. if these go out of balance it can cause the lid switch actuator to disengage the switch. try bypassing the switch and see if it starts. if so replace the switch assembly. you can order this @ http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-number/Maytag-Parts/Washer-Parts/21001137/0026/464/Model-PAV2300AWW/3048/015320 0?keySuffixId=NA&pathTaken=partSearch&pathRender=modelComponent&documentCompId=M0606007&diagramPageId=00002&productTypeId=0153200&searchModelNumber=PAV2300AWW&subCompDesc=Top&brandDesc=MAYTAG&modelDesc=WASHER&blt=11&shdMod=PAV2300AWW for around $20.00
OK. Thanks for your fast, really fast reply. I will take a look and let you know.
Brian, I took off the switch. In the process the piece that pivots/rocks fell off and presumably into the bottom of the machine. When I push on the button of the switch itself, the machine operates. So, I will retrieve the piece that fell into the machine and see whether it cal be put back in place. Thanks again for your help. Paul