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Lower arm won't spin

The dishes began two weeks ago not cleaning properly with deposits left inside the glasses and cups on the upper rack. I checked the lower spray arm and found I can spin it manually but the wash cycle will not spin it. I saw that water is shooting out the holes, just no rotation. There are no obstructions to the arm.

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Re: lower arm won't spin

The arm only rotates with water shooting out of the angled jets at the end of the arm and these are probably blocked ( i assume it is free to totate manually) take the arm out and run water into the centre hole and this will help push whatever is blocking it to a visible position - usually rice or sweetcorn. you say there are no obstructions in arm but when no water flowing, the blockage tends to slump back into the main body of the arm and out of sight

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Hi- my dishwasher is not cleaning properly. It seems to get enough heat, there is no noise, etc. About a week ago, it just stopped cleaning. It will go through an entire cycle and the cups are always...


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