I had the same problem a couple of months ago, apparently this is a common problem, I went to the website for my dishwasher and located the part number, lo and behold there was a store in town that had the replacement part for $11.00. I unscrewed the old one and screwed the new one in place and it has worked beautifully ever since.
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If you can remove the spray arm, usually they screw or pull off, then put it under the faucet and start picking out all the stuff out of the jets. The best tool i've found for this is a large safety pin, bend a little hook on the end of it with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. It takes a long time to get them all clean (sometimes an hour) but keep at it until you can run water through the center hole and there are no more obstructions. Do this with all the spray arms if possible.
The black stuff may be from the bottom of the door. With to door open take a rag and clean under the door and around the frame; I've seen a lot of the gook build-up there. Clean the filter as well if possible. The other thing to check is the water level in the dishwasher. Start a rinse cycle and after it starts washing open the door and the water level should be up near the heating element. If it is too low then the dishwasher will no be able to build-up enough pressure to force the water through all the spray arms. If the level is low you'll probably need to have someone out to replace the inlet valve. And most importantly ALWAYS rinse your dishes no matter what anyone tells you :) Hope this helps.
This is common if the wrong detergent was used or some regular sudsing soap like hand dish washing soap was accidentally used. Clear the suds if there by adding a small amount of cooking oil to the soapy water then wash for a bit and cancel drain. Repeat if needed.
If this is not the problem look for something blocking the spray arms from turning, if they spray in one spot only they can splash water out the front.
Check the unit for level, if it is tilted forward it could be spilling while washing.
Look for cracks in the spray arms where too much water sprays from one place.
Make sure the middle spray arm has not fallen off. If it continues try moving the rack to the higher or lower position and see if this helps
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... Dishwasher Spray Arms not Spinning
Ensure that the spray arm is movable. Inspect the spray holes in the top spray arm. If clogged, clean the openings. If no clog, position the spray arm in a certain position (e.g.: arms facing front and back). Then activate the dishwasher for a minute or so and open the door to determine if the spray arm has moved. If not, there may be an issue with the water feeding to the spray arm (typically via the water pump, etc.).
The soap door doesn't open fully on that model, and usually flips fully open as you open the dishwasher door.
It relies on the top spray arm turning to 'wash' the soap out of the drawer - and that will be the problem.The spray arm isn't turning.
Check the spray arm for blocked jets at the very end - use a pin to clear them out, or replace them - check both spray arms. Make sure the spray arm rotates freely also.
Remember the dishwasher isn't a garbage disposal unit - remove food deposits from plates etc before loading the machine. Run a dishwasher cleaner through the machine now and then. Food like pasta, or fruit pips often get carried to the end of spray arms and block them.
If using a 30 min rapid wash program ONLY and dishwasher tablets, put the tab in the cutlery basket as it wont have time to dissolve fully if you put it in the dispenser.
sound like a low water level and or pressure issue. Start machine on normal cycle after filling open door and ck water level. should be up toJUST below heater assy.. assumiong htats good set hte wash arms to a set positon so you can watch for rotation. close the door adn after a few secs open rapidly and look for middle arm to be spinning, even the top 3rd row arm if present, should be spinning spinning . if not its possible that the motor/sumo assy is blocked w/ foriegn debris. remove the lower spray arm (hold the nut and spin arm)then remove 4 or 5 torx 15 screws. probly pretty glogged under there. if not id look into replacing motor sump assy/seals worn and not throwing water where it should go
This dishwasher does not feed water to top and bottom arms at same time. It starts with bottom and then after awhile it switches to top and then cycles. If water comes out arms but arms won't turn, check all holes in arms. It's the water spraying out these that causes arms to turn. If arms spin freely by hand, it's a plugged arm or holes in arm or insufficient water in tank. Being that it only sprays 4 inches suggests a water level problem or possible mineral build up restricting flow.