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Doesn't clean the dishes for thelast 6 months the dishes are coming out (mostly the top rack) with grit on them and food stillon the dishes. i have noticed the spin arms have food stuck in them, we have taken them off and cleaned them out a few times and it helps but they just get full again. why is food getting in the spin arms. Is it possiable the filter is dirty and if so were is it that we can clean it? the manual was not any help with this problem. thanks tired of washing by hand

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  • iship900 Oct 12, 2008

    all our dishes are getting cleaned but gritty feeling on them after 2 complete cycles, i have checked the arms and impeller all is cleaned but still happens

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It sounds like your wash pump impeller might be clogged. The first symptom of this problem is poor cleaning capabilities and food left on dishes. You will need to remove the spray arm assembly to access the reservoir below the spray arm. More than likely, you will find debris clogging the the wash pump impeller area. As a general rule of thumb, you should not put anything into dishwasher that still has to be chewed. You don't have to prewash your dishes, just scrape them real well. Most detergents still need to oils and residue from food to activate the cleaning agents. If you prewash, you simply defeat this purpose. Some things that should NOT go into a dishwasher are lemon seeds, orange seeds, pistachio seeds, popcorn kernels, chunks of meat, bacon, tooth picks, chicken bones, match sticks, bottle cap liners, jar labels, etc. These are a small example of SOME of the things I have personally found in the wash pump. It doesn't take much to clog the pump, and the chopper assembly is not to be considered a disposal. I hope this helps you. Let me know if you need any further assistance.

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