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Arms on dishwasher won't move, no water coming on top rack

My dishwasher is making a grinding noise. I ran the dishwasher with the door open, and neither of the arms are moving. Water is coming out the bottom arm, but not the top, and neither of them will move. I checked the motor and it is moving. I have also taken off the filter and cleaned that out. Since I get water on the bottom, I would assume the pump is working, but again, the motor is making a funny grinding noise. I have checked installation and owners manual for my dishwasher and it couldn't be more useless. Do you have any suggestions??

I have a GE built-in dishwasher, model GSD3735FWW.

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  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    same problem.

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SOURCE: The arms of my dish washer won't move

First thing you want to do is make sure the spray arms themselves are o.k. The ports are not clogged and there are no cracks. Once you are satisfied this is not the problem, check the seal ring on between the lower spray arm and the spray arm support on the pump. See if it is out of position or damaged. Make sure the water level is not too low, should just come in contact with the bottom of the heating element. Next check your filters, look for garbage, plastics, anything that would clog it. Last would be the pump itself. Ron

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SOURCE: dishwasher pump will drain but not force water into spray arms

If the washer is not used regularly the shaft can stick to the seals and prevent the motor from spinning. This happens quite regularly for me if I don't use the washer often. You can just take off the bottom panel - after shutting off power to the dishwasher - and access the motor. you should see some fins and then just try to spin the motor by hand. It usually takes about 90 degrees of rotation before the motor breaks free from the seal. You'll have to fight through the spring-like resistance created by the seal-shaft adhesion. After it breaks free the motor spins freely and you should be all set to go. I haven't found a more permanent fix for this other than running the dishwasher more regularly.

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

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SOURCE: middle arm of dishwasher not spinning

I'm the one that reported the same problem in November as "Guest". I fixed mine finally. I removed the middle arm again and noticed that the holes that spray a jet ot water causing the arm to turn aren't the ones on top. On the bottom of the arm there's a small hole at each end. I looked and one of the holes had a small piece of crud in it. I had to use the tip of an ice pick to dislodge it back into the arm. I then ran water into the arm several times hoping to get the item completely removed. I never did see anything come out but I then ran water through the arm holding it so the water could run out one end. The piece didn't show up in the hole again so I tried washing it to the other end. It still didn't show up so I guess it must have washed out the first time. It's been 3 or 4 weeks now and the arm is still functioning perfectly. Hard to believe that one little piece of trash can cause so much irritation. Good luck on this being the problem for others.

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

Kgt1962
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SOURCE: Viking dishwasher not cleaning bottom rack of dishes

Yes there is the Water Div valve, it diverts the water between the wash arms.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: dishwasher lower spray arm falls off

These parts can be replaced easily and reasosnably cheaply for example the top spray arm is about £20.00p. But you need the back water feed tube as well as the lower spray arm which should come as one package. (depending on model i'm going by bosch). You shouldn't have to pay more than £30.00p + p&p. Hope this helps.

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