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Hotpoint DWF61 Soap Tray Spring

Soap Tray Spring keeps coming off, the little tray/door clips on okay but the post that the spring clips onto looks worn and the spring will not remain in situ...Any suggestions? Not 100% sure I have put spring back on correctly...Any pointers greatly appreciated....

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Re: Hotpoint DWF61 Soap Tray Spring

Best way for checking it will be on your next machine's operation. Good luck!

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Well you can please follow the below steps -
1. Remove any dishes in the dishwasher. Unhook the dishwasher's dish trays or racks from their tracks, and set aside. Empty the soap dispenser if it contains unused soap that failed to dispense. Use a wet rag to wipe down the interior of the dishwasher, as well as the inside of the dispenser.
2. Close the dispenser, and shut the dishwasher door. Turn the dishwasher on to a manual setting, then stop it and open the appliance. Check to see if the dispenser is open. If it is, continue to Step 2. If the dispenser is closed, skip to Step 4.

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4. Check the dishwasher soap dispenser's spring. The spring is located behind the dispenser top's hinge. Consult your dishwasher's original manufacturer's manual or user guide to find a replacement spring. Pop the old spring out with a screwdriver, and replace with a new spring. This should resolve any issues related to the dispenser failing to open.
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