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The "spinner, 3rd level wash" kept falling off. Ordered new part, no instructions with it.

The spinner kept falling off and didn't stay in place when I snapped it back in. Did order a new part, and the package came with the spinner and a small pointed plastic piece that I guess the spinner snaps on to. Package stated 'easy to install' but no clues on how or where this little pointed plastic plug goes! Do I have to remove the feed tube assembly to remove the old pointed piece and insert the new one?

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  • bwepp Jun 08, 2008

    I had same problem and ordered part as well. When I saw the comments I took the assembly a part and removed the plastic "male" end whihc is inserted from the top of the tube. It looks worn and that is why the spinner comes off when wash cycle is used. I get my part tomorrow but before I put it back together I turned a stove burner on and when it was getting hot I just touched the end of the plastic to the burner to cause it to "flatten" out a bit. It now snaps in to the "female" part quite firmly. If it works I will just save the new part for a later install. (Note: if you loosen the single screw on the feed tube the tube gives enough that you can easily get your finger behind it).

  • Jessica Roland Jun 14, 2014

    OK, that is just brilliant. I was about to order the part, but I tried heating up the plastic instead (used a candle and the side of a scissor blade. I almost shortened it too much, but I reinstalled it and so far it works great. It is a very poor design, but this is a good short term solution.

  • Jessica Roland Jun 14, 2014

    Very smart repair solution! I used a candle and the side of a scissor blade instead and almost shortened it too much, but I reinstalled and it is working for the moment! The part is a poor design, but this is at least a good short term repair!

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I had the same problem, the 3rd level spinner falling off. Without getting into my saga story, save yourself some $$$.
-You will need a screw & washer to replace the plastic thumbtack. The screw will have to be able to screw into the female part of the spinner; the washer will keep the screw from falling out of the hole in the flat hose on the ceiling of the dishwasher.
-If you look closely at the spinner(the part that keeps falling off), you will notice it comes apart. With a flat head screwdriver, separate the 2 parts. (there are 3 parts all together; Keep the round center piece sticking out of the top peice)
--Remove the top drawer of the dishwasher to give you some room to work
-Remove the screw on the "ceiling" of the dishwasher(it is located further back from where the spinner goes) to allow the flat pastic tube to come down low enough for you to get in behind it.(set that screw aside in a safe place; you will put it back later)
-Remove the pastic thumbtack from the hole in the flat plastic tube if it is there & replace with a washer and screw.
-Take the top 2 peices of the spinner, together as assembled & screw the screw into the female portion of the spinner.
-snap on the 3rd piece of the spinner
-replace the screw you took out earlier, securing the flat plastic tube.
-place top drawer
Voila, you are done!! You just saved yourself $20+

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Yes, this worked, once I figured out that the "flat water feed tube" is not a round tube in the middle of the hole, but is the whole flat piece (about 1.5 inches wide) that has the hole in it. That piece does bend down enough for a finger to get in there, and pushing up through the hole with a toothpick revealed that the old thumbtack-like pin was still in place (above the flat piece), but I replaced it with the new one that came with the kit. Then I kept my finger on top of the thumbtack-pin while pushing the new cone-shaped piece up though the new spinner until it snapped into the pin (it took a fair amount of force to make it snap in). Thanks for the advice!

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I came here today looking for the solution to this same problem! However, I might be able to help a little...in searching the bottom of the dishwasher, I found the pointed plastic piece for mine. To put it back in, here's what I did -- the 'vanes' of the spinner face the top of the dishwasher, align the center hole of the spinner with the hole in the 'ceiling' of the dishwasher. Push the small plastic piece (pointed end up) up through the center of the spinner and snap it into place, attaching it to the dishwasher. However, whenever I put mine back in, it comes out in the next wash. I'm assuming that my spinner keeps coming out because my plastic piece is worn(?) I was wondering if there was a screw involved to hold it into place, but from your description of the parts bag (spinner and plastic snap) perhaps there is not. I'll order my replacement part and see if that fixes it. Anyone who knows about this for sure -- please post for us! Thanks!

Posted on May 14, 2007

  • Eric Wylie May 14, 2007

    I think I just figured it out.

    Grab a toothpick. Slowly and carefully bend the flat water feed tube away from the ceiling of the dishwasher. Put a finger or two above the feed tube. Using the toothpick, push the small 'pin' up and out into your hand.

    I'm guessing the that plastic piece in the parts bag is conneted, but can be separated into two parts. The small pin (looks a little like a plastic thumbtack) and the cone-shaped piece. Separate those two pieces if my guess is right.

    Place the new pin into the top the way the old one came out (bend the feed tube down just a bit and place the pin over the top, with the point facing down into the dishwasher), line up the spinner with the top hole. Keep a finger up above the feed tube on the back of the pin and then push the cone shaped piece up through the spinner into the hole, snapping into the pin.

    Now that I can see all the parts -- this makes sense. I hope that helps.

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