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Six year old dishwasher began to sound different about five weeks ago. More recently, the motor has sounded like it was struggling. Now, the machine is cleaning poorly and the motor is REALLY struggling. I have opened up and cleaned out the moving parts inside the tub, including removing arms and filter covers and cleaning out residue.

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Yes, you are at the point that where the wash motor needs to be replaced. There is no magic bullet to avoid doing the replacement.
If you want further guidance, please post back here. Ok?

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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