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FIXED FWT445GES2 Replacement door lock assembly does not match existing harness plugs

LexLexLex

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Hello Friends.

I have a 17+ year old Frigidaire washer. I ordered a new OEM door lock assembly #131763256, as per picture. The part #s cross reference.

But it looks like the replacement door lock needs a new harness to work, which costs $257 with the lock (!!!!!).


My issue is similar to that of: https://www.applianceblog.com/mainf...acement-wireing-harness-does-not-match.42562/

Pictures of my existing lock and the new lock are included. There is no way I'm gonna spend $257 on this old machine.

Can I hardwire the existing harness into the pins on the new door lock assembly? 6 wires, 6 slots on the new assembly? OR is it more complex than that?

This machine has worked flawlessly for 17+ years. Id hate to throw it away for a $30 lock assembly. Here are some pics below.

Thanks,

Lex
 

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Jake

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Ok,

Yes, your model takes this one(Video Included in part link):
131763256 Door Lock/switch Assy


Here's our main thread on this issue below you don't want to spend $257 on that Door Switch Lock Kit.

Jake
 

LexLexLex

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Oh wow, thanks soooo much Jake! What a bummer...but $257 is NUTS. Not justifiable. Goodbye laundry machine...
 

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So are you going to try that direct wiring approach in that thread link I posted above or just buy a new washing machine?

I agree 100% it doesn't make sense to spend $257 on a 1997 washer.:)

Jake
 

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Im gonna junk it because I also need another timer. Actually the timer is what seems to be giving me trouble, but I though for $30 this lock might also be worth trying but now I know that once the 17+ year old door lock fails, Im screwed so why even change the timer....

17+ years and worked without one failure. I guess that's as good as it gets, even for only weekly use.
 

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Got it!

Yes, you got good life out of it.

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 

LexLexLex

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Well actually I need to keep it alive another few weeks until I can have another machine delivered...hopefully the used timer (its being shipped) fixes my issue. It fills with water but doesn't agitate, but I can move into permanent press and it will pump out the water and move into high speed spin but never stops spinning.
 

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What was the reason for buying the door switch? What was is NOT doing before you ordered it?

Does the door lock light come on when it tries to agitate?

Jake
 

LexLexLex

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I ordered it because it was cheap and I saw this as a repeating theme in non-functioning machines. Call me stupid...but this allowed me to learn that this part isnt available for my machine any longer.

I think its the timer that has failed because it fills with water but doesn't agitate, but if I move into permanent press and it will pump out the water and if I then move into high speed it spin but never stops spinning. Sound right?
 

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Rick sums it up here:
Your model uses that exact same timer.

Check the wire connector at the motor, I used to see the pins in the plastic connector arc and burn, or backout.

Jake
 

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I just changed the timer with a used unit and the washer is agitating now. $85 for a used part. My concern is the door lock. What happens when that fails? I have to drop another $175...

Ill post a few pics on how to change the timer since I didnt see any videos online.
 

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just changed the timer with a used unit and the washer is agitating now.
Wonderful!

if I move into permanent press and it will pump out the water and if I then move into high speed it spin but never stops spinning.
So the timer also fixed the timer not advancing issue as well?

My concern is the door lock. What happens when that fails?
When the door lock goes out the machine will not spin.

Jake
 

LexLexLex

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I'm doing the first load of laundry now and yes its advancing. And when I tried it yesterday through partial cycles the locking mechanism was working as expected.

Fingers crossed.

My fear is regarding the door locking mechanism. Every other part is available but this part, which has a high failure rate.

This weekend all the machines are on sale but they are back ordered for weeks or months. Im considering junking this and selling the used timer.
 
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