GE loose timer fix:
Recently ran into a problem with a loose washing machine timer. The timer knob would not work
when the timer moved up and down and inward indicating that the timer was loose.
This fix will require the removal of the timer knob and the arrow plate. Pull the knob out and look
for a small yellowish plastic retainer clip between the knob and the arrow plate. Use needle nose
pliers to pull the retainer clip out from the side. Then pull the knob and arrow plate off the shaft.
The timer can be accessed by removing three 1/4 hex screws from the top of the back panel and
fold the front panel down toward the front of the machine. One screw holds the timer on the right.
A bracket retains the timer on the left, but it was broken off allowing the timer to move in:
Align the timer with the bracket and drill a small hole through the bracket and through the front panel.
Use a flat head screw from the panel front to retain the timer. It will be hidden behind the arrow dial.
Replace the arrow dial by aligning the dial with the shaft notch. Turning the dial should make timer click.
Check the bottom of the timer knob to make sure that there are raised areas near the shaft hole to mesh
with the timer shaft gear on the machine. REPLACE KNOB or DIAL if mesh is worn out!
Put the retainer clip onto the knob through the slots and push it onto the end of the shaft until it clicks.