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Dishwasher motor starts and stops

I have a KitchenAid KUDS011JBS0 dishwasher that is 13 years old. During the normal wash cycle with about 37 minutes left on the timer the motor runs for several seconds or a minute then stops and the "minutes left indicator" and the Normal cycle LED flash a couple of times. After a couple of minutes the motor starts again for a very brief period then stops and the lights flash and the cycle repeats. When this is happening soapy hot water is still in the bottom of the dishwasher. I can press the "Cancel and Drain" and the dishwasher will drain. Then I can push Rinse Only button and the dishwasher will rinse and drain the dishes to make sure all of the soap is off the dishes. I have checked the gray plastic "stopper" in the front right bottom of the tub to make it moves up and down as I think this has something to with the draining.

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  • Bill Artman Feb 09, 2014

    Thanks for your help. I am thinking that the timer in the dishwasher is electronic not mechanical. I will check what you say though. Thank you.

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Hey Bill,
Not professing to be any kind of a dishwasher repairman but I have had a similar issue with the start and stop thing and it turned out to be the timer motor had started to go, and in going it 'burned' a couple of sets of the contacts as well. Check with a local appliance repair centre and see first if they agree with me, and if they have anyone who can rebuild the timer - Typically not too hard to get access to and remove - In my case in Canada, it had to go to Toronto pre-paid but $70 was cheaper then a new dishwasher and it's worked great for years

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  • Bill Artman Feb 09, 2014

    Bill Artman Thanks for your help. I am thinking that the timer in the dishwasher is electronic not mechanical. I will check what you say though. Thank you.

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