Harness Ruined; Any Way to Connect Wires to New Washer Tub Sensor?

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Old 01-30-13, 12:43 PM
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Harness Ruined; Any Way to Connect Wires to New Washer Tub Sensor?

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I am replacing a tub position sensor on a Maytag Neptune FAV6800AWW top load washer. I have the sensor on its way to me but when I disconnected the original today, the harness is burnt and melted. It will not connect to the new sensor.

There IS a part out there (# 25001205) for this harness, but it is not available anymore anywhere I look on the Web!

Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to get this thing connected to the new sensor?

Here is a photo of the bad harness ...thanks! -Tony
 
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Old 01-30-13, 01:52 PM
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Dual agitator washer last time I worked on we had 2 men 5 hours and still did not get it working. Washer is a complete junk. I don't know where you could get part. Has the tub bearing gone out yet? Dispenser still work? I did not know any of those were still working. I would not spend a penny on washer.
 
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Old 01-30-13, 01:58 PM
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Heh, I just spent $60 on the sensor online last night. I wonder if I should cancel the order. I did wonder if I should just get a used one from craigslist. I saw all the problems with the clutch as I was researching my problem. This is for a tenant.
 
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FWIW, we don't supply washers and dryers in our units, the tenants provide their own and not once has someone indicated they aren't interested in one of the units because of this.

Just one more hassle we don't have (we don't put laundry tubs or garbage disposals in them either).
 
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Old 01-30-13, 05:58 PM
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Maytag made 3 different washers that helped put them out of business. Your is one of them.
 
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I canceled my Amazon order for the $60 tub sensor arm and 2 hours later I got an email from the seller that it was shipped.
 
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Old 01-30-13, 06:09 PM
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Bad thing about that washer when it first came out I fell in love with it. Was sorry I had just bought a new year earlier. Am so glad I did not get it now.
 
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Old 01-30-13, 06:15 PM
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we had 2 men 5 hours and still did not get it working

That must have gone over real big with management
 
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Old 01-31-13, 05:21 AM
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Maytag made 3 different washers that helped put them out of business. Your is one of them.

I had one of the other ones....front load Neptune. Although I'll have to say 13 years with only one wax switch and control board, it wasn't that bad. Then the wheels came off Had a young kid haul it off for scrap and didn't have to lift it. I was glad.
 
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SHAZAAM!! I fixed it!

I did try to cancel my oder for the $60 sensor arm but it was shipped 2 hours later. I decided to accept fate's decision and gamble the $60.

I bought a few little items at radio shack hoping I could solder three wires to the little tabs on the sensor, but nothing would stick.

So I ripped apart an old tube computer monitor I've had in storage for 6-7 years and looked around at all of the connectors ...none looked close.

BUT I did find a place on the circuit board where 3 wires were soldered on and the spacing was PERFECT for the spacing of the tabs on the sensor. So I cut the board with tin snips to get the right sized rectangle so it would just slide in under the tabs on the sensor.

Well, 2 out of 3 tabs touched, so I slapped some solder on the outside tabs and got continuity! Then I super glued the plastics it in a way that if my connection went bad, I could pull it whilst preservng the sensor perfectly. Then I put J B Weld around it to give it a super tough shell (to stop the wire from being tugged on by the tub's movement) ...again in a way that preserves the sensor part if my connection eventually fails.

Here's a photo:

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Since this is washer for a tenant, I'm hoping it works for one year; then I'll be very clear in the new lease that the washer and dryer isn't part of the rent. The dryer is that HUGE Neptune steam cabinet/dryer top/bottom.

I ran 2 cycles and it worked nicely.

-Tony
 
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Old 02-05-13, 02:44 PM
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Adapt, improvise, overcome!!
 
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I agree....pretty creative there. Good job
 
 

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