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Kitchenaid dishwasher kds-18

Should lower wash arm lift off shaft easy? then should shaft lift out easy?why is shaft knurled where it goes down in the pump ?

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  • Mark Booker Nov 23, 2012

    I have water jetting from a molded plastic hole at the bottom of my KDS-18

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I have a kds 18 that I just use for parts, I may be able to help u cheaply Mark

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Knjjjr what you have is a defective (or in this case) worn out lower wash arm support. No the shaft shouldn't come out. It will need to be replaced. However remember this dw is over 20 years old.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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