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Dishwasher not draining water all the way

I have a used portable kenmore dishwasher that is not draining all the water out of it or cleaning dishes well. I have checked with a online help that say it is probably either hose problem or pump. It is a older dishwasher so I don't have manual to look at so not sure I would even begin to look for pump

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I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...

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