Question about Kenmore Dishwashers
The base of the door latch to the detergent compartment has a very tiny attachment point. The reason it probably came detached was because I manually tried to to get the latch to go over the lip of the door to the detergent compartment - it just wasn't doing it on it's own. It was just not working. Yes, we have resorted to using duct tape to close the door to the detergent compartment now! I checked and there are no screws near the base of the latch. I am afraid someone would have to take off the whole detergent dispenser just to fix that little door latch attachment now.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The "latch keeper" has gotten out of alignment. You'll need to adjust it.
All you'll need is a phillips screwdriver to fix this. Open the door and look at the "latch keeper" (it's not on the door, but on the frame). It's the thing that the door lock/latch grabs on to when you try to lock the door. There are 2 screws holding it in place. Loosen these, pull the keeper toward you a bit and tighten the screws to lock it in. Now try your door.
This may take several attempts to get it just right, because you want the door closing tight enough so as not to allow a water leak and loose enough for you to close it easily.
If you have any questions, post back and I'll try to explain in better detail.
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
To replace the parts you have to buy a whole dispenser assemble for $100 to $200. To buy some time ... Get a heavy gage sewing needle - hold it with pliers and heat it red hot. Stick the hot end into the plastic door at the area where the plastic latch is (where it will line up with the far end of the latch mechanism). when it cools cut off most of the needle leaving one eight to one sixteenth (more or less) protruding. Use a drill and small bit to remove some plastic (or drill a small hole) on the spring latch mechanism. push the remaining part of the needle in or out to engage the hole in the latch.. this will hold awhile.
Posted on Sep 04, 2010
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