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The door spring broke and in the process of pulling the dishwasher from underneath the cabinet I broke the copper water tubing. That's not a big deal, but in moving the dishwasher around with the broken, sharp tubing coming up from the floor I then noticed yellowish-green oil underneath the dishwasher. I'm afraid I punctured something...is there anything that would contain oil in a dishwasher that I may have punctured?

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  • BoulderScott Sep 28, 2009

    Could i have punctured a motor housing? I didn't notice this stuff before I pulled the dishwasher out and then tried to move it...any other ideas?

  • BoulderScott Oct 01, 2009

    Hi...disconnected my dishwasher and pulled it out to diagnose the yellow-green oil. Flipped the dishwasher on its side and it turns out that I punctured the capacitor that is attached to the motor. It was very easily visible and easy to remove. I have a new one on order from Sears: approx. $57 before tax and shipping.



    LESSON: always detach electrical, water, and drain lines before yanking dishwasher out. Also, don't pay $75 for appliance guys to diagnose problem when you can do it yourself. Put this in your library of response for future poor saps.



    Best...BoulderScott

  • BoulderScott Oct 01, 2009

    First comment was not useful, but second one was.

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I have never heard of a yellowish green oil in a dishwasher. Go ahead and reomve the washer and post up what it is... Its all new to me. So in short, NO go ahead and repair the copper line and get the dishwasher working.

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    Roger Campbell Sep 28, 2009

    On some dishwasher there are coolant sysytems to aid in the cooling of the pump and motor, to reduce the noise while operating. If you punctured that you will have a problem. I have never seen anyone damage that before....Thats all I can think of.

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