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Bosch SHY66C My Bosch dishwasher won't fill with water.  All electrical connections are fine and I can hear it make a sound as if it is trying to start about every 2 minutes.  There was water in the bottom so I used a shop vac and pulled it all out but it still won't start and is doing the same thing.  I checked the solenoid with a multi-meter and it appears to be working.  My power went out last night for about two hours and that's all I can think of that might have affected it.  The dishwasher is about 1 yr old.  Any thoughts?

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  • tbdkmh Jan 31, 2008

    I saw another post and tried hitting the cancel drain buttons which worked for draining the tub so the drain pump appears to be working. Now it tries to fill itself and some water does come in but it sounds like a trickle and makes a gurgling noise when filling that I haven't noticed before. Even though some water is coming in now it still won't start a cycle and reverts back to the hum sound about every two minutes with water in the bottom just sitting there.

  • tbdkmh Jan 31, 2008

    Thanks for the replies. So do you know exactly where the float is on this model? There is no water in the pan underneath behind the kickplate. I'm not the expert but it seems that if the float was stuck, no water at all would come in as noted in my last update.

  • tbdkmh Feb 04, 2008

    Now I have replaced the fill solenoid and it fills up fine but the motor now want kick in for the wash cycle. I discovered how to pull off the error codes and I get an error code 2 which is for a pre-heater error on other models but I can't find any source for the error codes on my model. Anyone know?


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I'm a novice on this question, but i agree with the above statement about check the stuck float switch or check for a bad safety switch or lockout switch of some sort. I would suspect something is definately faulty in that area. Will the dishwasher run if you fill it up manually? Also, i guess the water does have to be preheated. Never thought of that. Sounds like the preheater isn't working. Check whatever switch or timer runs that. Also, have you tried turning off the breaker for the unit for 1 minute and let it reset? Try that first then try doing a reset on the unit itself. Mine has a reset button on the front. How about yours?
Let me know and good luck...Guru Jay

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    How to Start a Stalled Dishwasher
    You've come home from a vacation and discover your dishwasher will not work. You turn it to start and it just won't work. What to do. Call a serviceman? No. Try this first, before picking up the phone.
    1. Initially check to see that the dishwasher has power, by checking both the plug to the washer and circuit breaker controlling the dishwasher.
    2. If the dishwasher has power and still will not operate, pour a fairly large pot of tap water into the inside bottom of the dishwasher.
    3. Close the door and turn it on. In most cases, your dishwasher will start and run normally.
    1. The reason this method most always works is because, over time of non-use, your diswaher will lose it's "prime". That is to say that the water in the dishwasher water pump has dried out and requires "priming" for the pump to operate. Adding water to the bottom of the unit restores the "prime" and function of the dishwasher.
    2. Pumps do not require a prime in this application. Gravity provides the priming water by filling the collection chamber. More likely it is that the rubber seal has dried out and is stuck to the metal pump shaft, the water frees it by acting as lubrication. Try adding a little vinegar to the water in the bottom of the machine before leaving, that usually stops this from occurring.
    1. Since this method most always is successful, you won't be needing to call that service man, which of course won't be good for the economy, but very good for your pocket.
    2. On most brands you can also pull the lower front cover of from below the door and with the power off, try to spin the exposed motor by hand, Using a screwdriver, not your fingers.


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Agree with djnick float is stuck.

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Maby kinked hose

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    nick helpap Jan 31, 2008

    float is stuck in the over filled position
    or possible a bad float switch, if the float is stuck in the up or full position, the d/w will not fill with water and the drain motor will often run all the time.


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    nick helpap Jan 31, 2008

    Comment: My Bosch dishwasher was having problems filling. No fill, and the
    drain motor would continuously run.

    Help: After further investigating the problem, I noticed water
    in the base. I sponged out the water and the dishwasher reverted back
    to its normal working condition. I *think* the problem was a bad water
    fill value. After I removed the water from the base, I turned on the
    water and it would not stop running and flooded my kitchen.


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