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Dishwasher soap container spring is broken

Can this be replaced or can it be fixed. the soap container spring now does not hold shut .

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I too thought my soap container spring was broken- I filled the dispenser with soap but then couldn't slide the circle back shut.
But then - EUREKA- I set the dishwasher control back into "off" position and lo and behold, I could now close the little round door! Make sure you verify that BEFORE you spend $$$ on new parts or a repairman!

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Depending what make this is, most soap compartments are now universal parts and can be replaced at a reasonable cost, this part is not too difficult to fit, once you have the new part, just swap for swap, the front door skin comes off and all will be straight forward, work with care and be safe, note any parts before removal, (little tip, i use a digital camera to note what went where / like wires etc) if i have helped rate me please

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