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Remove the lower tray of the dishwasher to freely access the spray arm. Turn it byhand, and if it doesn't move freely, you will need to unscrew or unbolt any ... How to Remove the Lower Wash Arm on a Maytag Dishwasher MDB7000AWW ...
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Jan 3, 2009 - 5 posts - 3 authors
I'm now soaked, but I was able to determine that the lower arm isn't turning. There's a LOT of water coming out, but it doesn't move. Turning by hand I can turn it freely, it spins like a top. .... You may not post new threads; You may not post replies; You maynot post attachments; You may not edit your posts.
The filters are probably plugged. This will require removing the lower spray arm and cleaning the screens or its possible your not getting enough water in the dishwasher which will cause th upper spray arm to not turn
Probably a blocked spray arm. Remove the top spray arm and check and clean all the holes as this is where the water sprays out from to clean the dishes and glasses. When they are blocked you get poor wash results. Yes there will also be a filter in the base of the unit to clean. This needs to be done regularly to avoid food getting into the working parts of the unit.
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!
Cleaning the filter was the right thing to try.
Since you don't see cracks/breaks on the spray arm and it appears that it is spinning freely, I doubt that replacing the spray arm will fix your problem.
If your dishwasher is several years old, your problem is likely a failing pump motor, but before you swap that out, check that the impeller is not damaged. Good Luck!
Check the upper spray arm for debris plugging the spray holes, if clean then pull off lower spray arm and filter screen, and clean and remove any debris found in the sump, check the disposal blades as well. You will need a torx style screwdriver to remove the sump screen on this unit. You can buy a set for under $10 at your local hardware store.
Remove each arm and inspect the small spray holes for plugging. Use a vacuum in the center hole and poke out each plugged hole. Unless your vacuum allows wet pick-up, make sure the arm is dry first. Try using a capsule type of detergent instead of liquid. You might have to tear down the lower spray arm assembly to the deck to clean the large screen which may be plugged with water/food deposits. Use hot water, detergent and white vinegar to clean the screen. Hope this helps!
metal sleeves at the end of the lower spray arm?? dont remove them they only protect from hitting against heate and melting. should be a center thumbscrew in spray arm loosen that nut and should come right out, pokin with wire or toothpik willwill clear joles but you gotta remoe the debris from the arm other wise first run will shoot right back nto holes