Ge washing machine timer plastic clips broke

The small plastic clips that hold the timer ASM in place broke. The timer still works, and the knob still works. However, because the small clips broke, the knob doesn't "catch" with the timer; it just pushes it back. Do we *have* to replace the timer? Or can we JB weld the plastic clips back in place?

You don't state your exact model number, and the number off the timer is not the actual part number (it's some sort of part stamping number). Most likely what has happened is a plastic tab on the timer housing (which normally goes into a slot in the metal, and thus holds the timer at that point) has broken off. The fix is to replace the timer, but instead of buying a new timer, I usually fashion a Z type piece of metal which I can put one screw though into the metal and the other side holding the timer against the metal. Takes a little work, but it's a lot cheaper than a new timer.
If you want to take the timer knob off, you have to pull it out and use a thin tool, like a small screwdriver, to push the plastic clip off the shaft behind the knob, allowing the knob to then come off the shaft. Push the clip back on the knob when off, so that all you have to do to reinstall the knob is push it on and it will lock on the shaft again.

If it no longer clicks, the timer assembly will need to be replaced. If just the knob broke off, the timer should be good.

It is held on by a spring that stretches around the outside of the seal. The seal simply hooks on to a small lip so all you need to do is start in one spot and push it down and away. Then just work it around like removing a bike tire until it is fully removed. Be careful of the spring. It is hooked together so it may unhook once some of the tension is removed and snap around.

this machine is accessed from the front. take two control panel screws off flip up panel. unclip lid switch connection. take screwdriver and insert vertically in front of gold clips pry by pushing handle to rear of machine. rotate entire housing toward you . to reassemble ensure front lip of cabinet goes UNDER forward edge of frame

the only way to fit door rubber to tub on a zanussi is to use washing up liquid it takes two mins