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Loud clanking noise in dishwasher

Dishwasher fills with water, then when motor starts we get a loud metallic clanking noise, nothing is obstructing the spray wheels, the noise is coming from the motor, a belt or bearing maybe???

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  • haselhuhn Feb 21, 2009

    took the inside assembly apart, found no foreign food or other objects inside. The food grinder screen was like new, but there is a small piece of the gasket broken off from under the chopping blade assembly.Put everything togrther, tried it and at first I had the noise, but way quieter, let it run and after about five minutes the noise went away.

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Most likely the motor as food caught in the sump would not make a noise you described.

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