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Why doesn't upper spray arm function properly?

A couple of scenarios could cause this problem but the simplest might be the way the dishwasher is loaded. The upper spray arm rotates when water is pumped through the vertical supply tube and into the arm. Make sure that you are not loading the lower rack with items that interfere with the rotation of the upper arm rotor. It might also be a good idea to verify that the feed tube that goes to the spray arm is securely connected to the vertical supply tube.

Dec 02, 2015 | Kenmore Dishwashers

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I have a 91 integra and the rotor button keeps breaking off in the distributor. I have put 2 new distributors on and the same thing keeps happening.

Hi There.
Check and see if you have the correct rotor arm, check the hieght against the old one if you still have it, if that doesnt do any thing check and make sure that the rotor arm is seated properly on the rotor shaft..

May 02, 2011 | Acura Integra Cars & Trucks

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The detegent doesn't completely leave the soap dish. the soap door works appropiately --- but the dishes do not come out clean. We have tried detergent pellet, liquid detegent and the basic cascade...

This model relies on the top spray arm to 'wash' the detergent out of the soap dispenser - and that is the problem. Your top spray arm will not be turning properly. Check the angled jet on the very tip of the arms for blockages with food or fruit pips etc - it's this angle only that makes the arms turn.
if blocked, clean out with a pin or wire, and running water - make sure you get every bit out. If not, buy a new spray arm. If the arm is split, you will need a new one.
Other problems may be low water level or a faulty circulation pump - BUT check the spray arms first.
Remember a dishwasher is NOT a garbage disposal unit, so scrape any food particles of plates etc before putting them in the machine. Run a dishwasher cleaner through with no load once in awhile.

Feb 04, 2018 | Crosley Dishwashers

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The top shelf is not getting clean. There is food residue on the glassware that was not there at the start of the wash.


The most likely answer is that your upper rotor spray arm isn't spinning or spraying water. They aren't powered by a motor - they are driven by water pressure. The most common reason for them not spinning is a blockage somewhere. The lower rotor arm is spraying dirt from the plates in the lower rack onto the glassware and there is no spray from the upper rotor arm to rinse it off.

Check the small spray holes on the top of the upper rotor arm. If they are blocked, use a large pin or a cocktail stick to clean them out. If they aren't blocked, check to see whether the upper rotor arm is spinning by following these steps:

1. Note the exact position of the upper spray arm or spin it so that it is running precisely left to right or front to back
2. Close the door
3. Start any wash cycle
4 After it has finished filling with water and starting cycling the water, open the door and note the position of the upper spray arm again.

If the spray arm is in the exact same position as when you closed the door it's almost definite that it's not spinning. In this event, cancel the wash and do the above test one more time just to eliminate the element of pure chance.

Try the above tests and checks and then post back with the results if you need any further assistance. If posting back, please include the full model number of your Frigidaire dishwasher


Dec 14, 2010 | Frigidaire Professional Series 24 in....

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Distributer rotor arm does not spin when the engine is cranked

Broken timing chain/belt will do the same thing.

May 08, 2010 | 1989 Subaru Gl Wagon

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My top rack is not getting clean, it appears spray arm is not dispersing water, can it get clogged?

Yes it can get plugged. Any debris pumped up to the arm can get lodged into the tiny holes. Also, sometimes the arm itself becomes split along the joint between the lower and upper half. Remove the arm to inspect, clean, and repair/replace the arm if split. I fixed our Maytag spray arm when it split, by drilling a series of small holes along the split parts and sewing the thing back together with fairly fine copper wire. Still working great after a number of years. The small spray holes can be poked clean with a heavy needle and the arm vacuumed out. If after all this it still won't spray properly, the intake screen at the bottom of the lower spray arm tower may need to be cleaned as well. Remove components starting with the spray arm and work your way down, noting placement and orientation of each piece. Remove the screen, and soak it in hot water, detergent and white vinegar for an hour or so. Check all holes in the deck for any food plugging. Reassemble in reverse order and check the lower spray arm for plugging as well. Hope some of this helps!

Jan 08, 2010 | KitchenAid 24 in. KUDI01FLSS Stainless...

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Poor washing

Tear down the lower spray arm mechanism to the deck, noting placement and orientation of each part as removed. Look for cracked/split plastic while you do this. At the bottom, you should find a large screen that is likely plugged with food and water deposits. Soak it in a solution of hot water, detergent, and white vinegar for about an hour. Scrub it if necessary to get the screen clean and open. Clean any openings in the deck of food deposits. Reassemble everything in reverse order. Inspect and clean all of the spray arms (the small holes), and look for any split seams in the arms. Hope this helps!

Dec 26, 2009 | Baumatic 23 in. BDW13 Built-in Dishwasher

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My Maytag quiet series 200 is a good dish holder but certainly does not wash dishes - tried different soap all settings only result - dirty dishes - ready to throw it out -

do you have a watersoftner if so may not be working properly if its ok then do you always have water sitting in bottom of tub area. try this fill sink with water on disposal side 1/2 the way open door to dishwasher remove the stopper turn on the disposal do you see water or movement in the tub of the dishwasher if so replumb so the drain does not come into the disposal and plug the disposal opening

Aug 19, 2009 | Dishwashers

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2005 elantra need answer on removing rotors

Loosen the wheel nuts slightly. Raise the front of the vehicle, and make sure it is securely supported.
Remove the front wheel and tire from front hub.
Remove the split pin, then remove castle nut and washer from the front hub while applying the brake.
Remove the caliper mounting bolts, and hang the caliper assembly to one side. To prevent damage to the caliper assembly or brake hose, use a short piece of wire to hang the caliper from the undercarriage.
Remove the wheel speed sensor from the knuckle.
Disconnect the tie rod end ball joint from the knuckle using the special tool (09568-34000).
Remove the split pin.
Remove the castle nut.
Disconnect the ball joint from knuckle using the special tool (09568-34000).
Remove the lower arm ball joint mounting bolts
Remove the strut lower arm mounting bolts
Remove the hub and the knuckle assembly

Reverse the order of the removal procedure.

May 23, 2009 | 2005 Hyundai Elantra

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GE Profile PDW9880 rinse arms don't spin

Check spray arms again to see if the very end jet is blocked - or if the spray arm has split? the end jet is angled and that's what turns the spray arm. If you can't clear the blockage, you may need new spray arms. Or try putting the spray arms into a known position, and run the machine - see if they have moved.
The pump may be running, but are you sure it's pumping? sometimes bits of broken glass or pot get into the pump chamber and strip the rotor vanes off. Try setting the machine to wash, make sure you can hear the pump run, then quickly open the dishwasher door to check the flow. If you get a face full of hot soapy water then everything is ok!
Remember that a dishwasher isn't a garbage disposal unit - and remove all food scraps from plates before putting them in the machine. That's what often blocks spray arm jets.

Jan 30, 2018 | GE 24 in. Profile PDW9880JSS Built-in...

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