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Dishwasher pump starts washing cycle then stops and just hums loudly.

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It's humming loudly because something is caught inside it. You can take the kick plate off and start to turn it with a screwdriver to try to get it jump started. Sometimes this will fix the problem because it can cause the blockage to be moved through the system. If this doesn't work, you'll have to change the motor (and this is a pain) or buy a new dishwasher.

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