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Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher - Blinking Quick Rinse Light

I have a Kenmore Ultra Wash Quiet Guard 3 dishwasher.  The Quick Rinse light keeps blinking, and none of the other buttons work except for the Cancel/Drain button.  When you push the Cancel button, the 4 hours light turns on, but it doesn't do anything else.  How do I reset the buttons?  I have tried all the sequences found on this website (Hi Temp Scrub then Sani Rinse and also Hi Temp Scrub then Air Dry), but none of them worked.  I have the following buttons available:  Smart Wash, Pots Pans, Normal Wash, China Gentle, Quick Rinse, Hi Temp Scrub, Sani Rinse, and Air Dry/Lock On - along with Delay Hours, Cancel/Drain, and Start.  Please help!  Any advice will be much appreicated.  Thanks!

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Re: Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher - Blinking Quick Rinse...

I had the same flashing light problem first the normal wash flashing light then the others. I tried shuting of the breakers but nothing. I tried resetting the panel by pushing normal wash and heated dry simultaneously and nothing. So I took the six screws holding the front panel out and unplugged the ribbon type wires and plug and unplugged it several times to help make a better contact and I was able to get it to work right away. This may not work for all but I worked for me. It is very easy to do and it's worth a try if you're having the same problem. It took me less then 10 minutes.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Re: Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher - Blinking Quick Rinse...

My guess is that the foil that the buttons are mounted to is defective.  The control module "reads" the buttons that are pushed by the fact that the resistance between two pins on the circuitboard becomes zero ie. your pushing the button shorts out two pins.  the foil could have moistire damage or the resiistance of the tracks could be too high.  Solution for both would be to replace the control panel button foil.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

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Kenmore dishwasher ultra was quiet guard 3 model 56516012403 control panel will not activate red lights blinking on normal wash and cancel drain. did the hold the heat dry button then the normal wash...

that would be model # 66516012403 correct??
you may have inadvertently set the lock on function..
check this out from your manual...

Lock On
Use the Lock On to prevent unintended use of the dishwasher
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hope this helps,
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