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GE washer has a magnetic lid switch hard wired. One wire

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GE washer has a magnetic lid switch hard wired. One wire goes to the control panel the other wire goes to the motor. can i bypass the switch by cutting and connecting the two wires to each other, so the machine will agitate/spin while waiting for delivery of the new switch?
JA: Can you guesstimate how old your GE is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?
Customer: I have no idea of age. model number wcsr4170g1ww
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes. i have the control panel and front cover off
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: no, just would like to know if i can tie the two wires togther temporarily
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Kelly replied 4 months ago.

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Wiring the two wires together should bypass the switch circuit, yes. Since this model still uses a mechanical timer, it should not be an issue.

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