After a dozen years of use, our washing machine no longer works during what should be the spin cycle. The timer will need replacement, but can be given a temporary extension of life to get us through a few more loads until the timer I ordered on-line arrives.
Step 1: Remove control knob
The black arrow points to the control knob. Push it inward as you would to turn the machine "off." You can turn the push/pull knob counter-clockwise and it will unscrew from the timer shaft (red arrow). Pull the round indicator plate behind it off, too.
Step 2: Access the timer
The timer is behind the control panel. Our machine is a Sears Kenmore. Grasp the plastic end caps at the top and pull forward.
Step 3: Remove screws
Two screws, one on each side of the control panel, must be removed. The one on the right side of the machine is shown here. Lift and pull the control panel forward from the rest of the washing machine.
Two screws hold the timer against the front of the control panel. They were visible after removing the control knob and indicator in the last step. Remove these screws, too. Disconnect the wiring harness from the timer and remove the timer.
Step 4: Taking the timer apart
The timer consists of a plastic wheel with numerous cams on it, a comb of brass contact arms, and a motor. All of these are mounted in a metal frame. The metal frame is pressed from two pieces of sheet metal. It is held together with three bent metal tabs. See the red arrows in both photos. Straighten these so they can slide through the slots below them.
Step 5: Contact arms
This is the comb of brass contact arms.