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Hotpoint DWF61 Soap tray

The soap tray on my dishwasher has a spring loaded cover. The spring has loosened from the plastic fixing point on the underside of the cover. Is there a quick fix or is it possible to get a replacement part and for me to fit? Any suggestions gratefully received

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Re: Hotpoint DWF61 Soap tray

What usually happens with this machine is the peg that the spring attaches to breaks. You will need to drill a small hole into a nearby plastic tab and attach one end of the spring into this hole. Job done.

Posted on Oct 01, 2007

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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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