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Top rack not cleaning and spray arm possibly not moving

The top rack is not getting clean and leaving soap scum inside and on top of glasses. I have verified that it is not clogged up and that it spins freely by hand. It's hard to tell, but I'm pretty sure that the spray arm is not spinning during any cycle. I think the water may not be flowing down from the top of the unit to enter into the spray arm, but I can't tell when I open the door. Please help.

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  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    yep exactly the same...'cept it's a Maytag. app. 10yrs old

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2007

    same wxact problem

  • EastportMom Dec 29, 2007

    Great description of one of the problems with my dishwasher!

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2008

    exact same pronblem

  • BarbaraDJ Jan 13, 2008

    Having the exact same problem here. No solutions yet?

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    Upper rack not cleaning, same dishwasher as everyone else.

  • billybob2 Apr 08, 2008

    Same Problem my dishwasher is only 5 yrs old. Fridgidaire

    I held the button down as if the door was closed to see if the top spin arm would start spinning and nothing happend. although the bottom arm did and sprayed my roof i dont suggest this method lol.

  • jnesbit40 May 12, 2008

    Same issue. I could see the water very slowly filling the line to the top. Removed the ball valve and got some pressure but still not enough. Is this a pump problem? Why does the ball valve appear to be designed to close when the water flows through?

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    Same problem. wtf?

  • rocky 12 Jun 10, 2008

    top arm not spinning

  • Anonymous Jul 18, 2008

    My top arm is not spinning, the water pressure from the top is nil because the bottom arm never stops spinning, the dishwasher is suppose to take turns with spinning, Bottom arm on and than off when top arm is on. My model number is FDB750RCBO, Frigidaire's. My solution is to have this machine recalled. How do we do that? I've tired fixing it, but it is beyond me. Please anyone help???

  • Anonymous Sep 02, 2008

    same problem,,,,,checked pressure and screens no better

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  • scruff22 Dec 31, 2008

    I have the same problem. Since the water pressure for the top rack is null, the arm will not rotate. Only the bottom rack arm rotates during washes.

  • dking027 Jan 07, 2009

    My glasses and cups are not coming clean, seems like a gritty feeling inside and out. I was using Cascade powder, thought that was the problem, so I switched to liquid Cascade, also use jet blue. same problem. tried running vinegar through diswasher, no help either HELP my dishwasher is only 3 years old

  • Kristin Penrod
    Kristin Penrod Oct 21, 2013

    Does this model have the water that moves the top spray arm come from above? We have a fridgidaire that is not working and it seems the water pressure is too low. The water comes from above and shoots down into a funnel that spins the spray arm.



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I removed the lower arm, the strainer, and three screws (Torx, but I used small allen wrench). I took of the pump cover, and found a small white ball blocking the tube that goes to the top rack sprayer. I put everything back except the ball. It has worked well ever since.

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  • ofhumbon Feb 19, 2011

    I also tried removing the ball, but it turns out the middle arm had to be replaced. It was cheap, under $20 from

  • partik76 Mar 12, 2011

    My dishwasher bottom spray arms on my kenmore, model #665.15992400, were rotating very slowly and there was not enough water pressure to move the top arms at all. I inserted a butter knife into the door handle to run the dishwasher as I watched with the door opened. (Got the floor wet, thought). Needless to say, the dishes were not coming out clean. After replacing the impeller and, trial and error replacement of other items, (I almost bought a new motor) I finally found the real problem. Never thought it could be the strainer. It looked clean. But sure enough a parts store salesman said they could go bad and that he saw alot of them being replaced. Go Figure! The strainer!!!


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I had the same problem.I did some testing and realized that the middle arm wasn't moving, but it seemed like water was coming out. I replaced the middle arm for 19 bucks from this place online, and now it works like a charm. I'm glad I tried it, I was thinking about replacing the whole unit! Hope this helps.

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I was reading htere is a rubber seal on the back of the middle rack which connects it to the opening at the upper back of liner the rubber may be worn and this will allow water to seep instead oif being forced by pressure intot eh middle spry arm. CAN THIS BE THE ISSUE A SMALL RUBBER SEAL?

Posted on Mar 06, 2011

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SOURCE: top rack not cleaning and spray arm possibly not moving

Hello--our Kenmore Elite has been showing exactly the same symptoms.  Since it's under warranty I had a technician take a look at it, in fact he just finished putting it back together: problem was accumulated food and junk around the inlet filter to the pipe that leads to the upper racks.  You can only get to this area by removing the lower spray arm, filter assembly, etc. until you are looking at the sump/chopper area.  Any clogging should be self evident at that point.  
This would be an easy repair for anyone with a few tools and the willingness to get into it.  Seems to be working very well.  We will be rinsing more thoroughly in the future...

Posted on Feb 28, 2008

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