Question about Maytag 24 in. MDB8600AW Jetclean II Built-in Dishwasher

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Dishes not clean. Lower spray arm possibly not moving.

Maytag MDB8600AWB bought Nov. 03. Out of Warranty.

All dishes not clean but lower rack especially dirty.

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  • lizard52tx Jan 27, 2009

    That worked! I removed and cleaned the spray arm and the cover over the food disposal blade. I also preheated the water by running the kitchen sink and used a little extra soap. Thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    Maytag MDB8600awb dishwasher, top right shelf does not clean dishes. Glassware coated in granular dry food. I have taken the arms and tubes out and cleaned them thoroughly but still filthy when dishes come out. All arms rotate freely. Does not matter if jet dry used or not and weather the detergent is liquid or powder.

  • mmirrilees Mar 12, 2009

    Maytag MDB8600awb dishwasher, top right shelf does not clean dishes. Glassware coated in granular dry food. I have taken the arms and tubes out and cleaned them thoroughly but still filthy when dishes come out. All arms rotate freely. Does not matter if jet dry used or not and weather the detergent is liquid or powder. Dried gunk is all over the top of the dishwasher on its upper right.

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Remove the lower basket so you can access the lower arm.

Does it spin freely? If not, remove and clean the rotating point. Make sure the spray nozzles are not clogged and there as no chunks of stuff inside the spray arm.

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