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Kenmore elite not washing dishes

I have kenmore elite dishwasher it fills with water then starts this humming noise. I open the door to find water in the tub. close the door hit start humming noise starts again, then i cancelled the operation the water drains out of the tub I beleive it to be a pump and motor assmbley gone bad...cause it doesn't seam like the water jets are spinning.....

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Sounds like the motor is stuck. If your careful you can unplug the dishwasher or turn the breaker off, take the bottom panel off and reach in with your finger and spin the motor assembly.

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