My dishwasher's button assembly is causing problems. Replacing it costs $200 and I've read that it's a common failure (so it might just happen again). I can bypass the button assembly and just run the default cycle (good enough for me), by using a wire to connect the 7th and 13th pin in the below image.
My plan was to connect each to a pushbutton switch so that I could close everything up and just operate with a button. However, while I can use one piece of copper wire to touch the tips of each pin and start the cycle, if I try to wrap the pins with two separate wires and then touch them together (to simulate the pushbutton switch), it doesn't work.
What's wrong and how can I resolve this?
Do I really need the wires to be touching the tips of the pins specifically? If yes, is there some part I can use that would simulate the push-in ribbon assembly that was designed to go here? It seems too tight to solder... Would that work?
Or is it that the amperage is too low to carry across two lengths of wire? Should I be using a different kind of wire? (I'm using 20 gauge copper wire that actually came from a jewelers kit.)