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Dishwasher not starting or emptying

When trying to put dishwasher on cycle 2 it only goes for 3 clicks then stops the other day it started but pump would not engage to empty m/c

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Re: dishwasher not starting or emptying

Bit difficult to diagnose this but worth while splitting the door and carefully examining the wiring loom where it goes round the corner at the bottom of the door. its quite common to get breakages at this point as it flexes every time you open or close the door

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