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Kenmore Dishwasher model 16779

My wife showed me the lower rack of our dishwasher.  The spikes that separate the plates/bowls etc. look like they were subject to extreme heat as the plastic on the spikes look melted and blackened.  A replacement rack will cost me in excess of $80.  I don't want to replace the rack and have the same thing happen again.  What is causing the melting/burning of the separator spikes on the lower rack of this dishwasher?

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Age/ poor quality plastic/sharp objects making contact/these are all common examples,I know there is a liquid plastic that you can purchase that really works and is safe to use.You wipe on the damaged areas and let it dry .

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