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My Whirlpool dishwasher lower spray arm keeps getting stuck in the dish basket during the cycle, resulting in the load not getting clean. My husband said the bracket holding the arm was too loose and the arm should not be able to move up and down, only spin in a level circle. So we ordered a new spray arm. The new part has as much "wobble" as the original one, in fact if I hadn't known which was the original, it would have been impossible to tell the difference. The new one is also getting stuck. Is there something I can do to keep the spray arm from being able to get up into the dish basket? Or do I just need to buy a new dishwasher?

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SOURCE: Dishwasher not getting water into spray arm, so no clean dishes

two possibilities: open door when in use. check if water is coming out of the spray arms. if it is and at a good rate, then the problem may be the spray arm jets blocked. the spray arms are only rotated by water coming out of the angled jets at their end or is the main circulating pump running ok?

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SOURCE: Dishwasher spray arms don't spin & spray water

it could be due to Not filling enough water or food chopper broke or food chopper filter screen clogged.

Check water level:
Run the DW and wait for the main wash to start (water will fill. pause then complete fill) The water should be no more than 1/4 inch below the heating element. If not there..replace water inlet valve.
check the food chopper:
Remove lower spray arm and rear water supply tube to upper spray arm.
. Remove torx screws that secure the sump cover. Remove primary filter. Remove food chopper cover to expose the chopper assembly. Inspect for breakage or blockage.

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SOURCE: My Whirlpool quiet partner dishwasher seems to run

try a large cresent wrenck,or channel lock plier.ps.might place towel over plastic nut,to protect from wrench damage.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Dishes in upper tray coming out not so clean!

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Thanks for using FixYa. First of all please check the Water temperature by using a thermometer inside the dishwasher to measure the water temp. It should be as close to 125 degree F to 140 degree F as possible. Now try using the temperature boost feature if your dishwasher is equipped with this cycle feature and check if this will help your wash ability issues.

Now check the Powder soap by making sure that you store your soap in a dry environment and it is not stale and clumping together. Possibly try a different detergent like a liquid or gel. Also, make sure the dishes are loaded properly, or dishwasher is not overloaded.

To check the proper filling dishwasher will fill with water up to and around the heating element. If water is more below the heating element, you may have low water pressure or a problem with the fill valve. Try & listen if it sounds like it is spraying the water around with enough pressure.

For low water pressure, try to clean the screen at the entrance of the fill valve, sometimes the fill valve can fail and not allow the proper water into the dishwasher and may need to be replaced. And, check the spray arm and pump cover for splits or leaks. Also make sure that the water is draining and is not accumulated in the dishwasher, if it is in dishwasher then check for clogged drain hoses and drain pump.

Low water fills are a very common trouble maker with today's dishwasher.

Please do rate this solution and revert for further assistance.

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Posted on Dec 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Dishes not being cleaned

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