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WikibooksDisassembly guide to access the chopper assembly in: KitchenAid K seriesdishwasher (similar to Whirlpool and Kenmore models) ... If the door safety interlock fails, the dishwasher could return to an active mode where these blades spin and ...place and carefully work around it to remove the upper spray arm water conduit.
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Cindy Wells (we recently had to take off the the lower wash arm to replace a seal; by the time the part arrived, we forget how tight the cap was on originally. Pay close attention to the wash arm ease of rotation when you disassemble it. We overtightened it and the arm refused to spin until we corrected the mistake.)
Most KitchenAid dishwashers have an adjustable upper rack, since I do not have your model number I cannot advise on specifics but if you move the upper rack to the higher position the dispenser will open a little further.
Also if you are not washing well on the upper rack you may have either a plugged spray arm or sump.
Look at the spray arms close, if the holes are plugged then it will not spray into the dispenser properly.
If you have a tall tub KitchenAid then the sump may need cleaned. Here are instructions that might help.But not knowing your specific model these instructions may not apply A plugged up sump can cause a multitude of problems in a dishwasher, it can make the dishwasher not clean as well as it should, make the cycle run longer, it can create noises and redeposit food.
To clean the sump follow the directions below.
- Remove the lower rack
- Remove the lower wash arm (1) by turning the nut (4) clockwise (right) lift the arm off, there is a bearing (3) (small thin plastic washer) under the arm, be sure not to loose it. Lift the tab on the back of the feed tube cap (2) and swing it to the right and lift up, this may need a bit of pressure to release it.
- Remove the 4 screws (3) from the accumulator (1), lift off the accumulator. Remove 1 screw(7) from the cover (8) this is located down inside of the sump (4) on the left front side. Lift up and remove the cover (8), watch for glass and clean out all the debris from the sump and especially around the the area of the chopper and screen (6) which will be exposed with the cover (8) off. If the screen is blocked with debris that usually means you need a new chopper. it may be broken or loose and not doing its job.
Once clean reassemble and enjoy a dishwasher that cleans the dishes again.
That black gunk is caused by soap deposits and food particles that do not get washed down the drain. This all collects in the area around the door gasket and front of the wash tub and forms a sticky black sludge. You need to periodically clean the interior of the dishwasher out with a non-abrasive cleaner with some bleach in it to kill bacteria. You should also check the wash pump sump (located under the lower spray arm) to make sure it is not being clogged with food and debris. In order to access the pump sump, you will need to perform the following:
1. Remove the lower wash rack and lower spray arm.
2. Remove the upper wash rack and spray arm.
3. Locate the screws holding in the upper spray feed tube. Remove the screws to the feed tube and turn the whole assembly 1/4 turn to the right (CW direction). The entire assembly will unlock from the wash pump assembly and lift out.
4. Remove the strainer assembly (known as an accumulator) that covers the pump sump area.
Inspect the sump area for food particles and debris that may be contributing to the mess inside the wash tub. If you need some guidance, pcappliancerepair.com has some very helpful exploded view diagrams to assist you.
If you have any questions, or require further assistance, please let me know. I hope this is helpful to you.
have you lowered the top basket into the lower position? if so the spray arm will knock the cutlery /plates. it sounds as though it is a spray arm problem. remove them and put it in wash to see if the noise goes. if not there may be an obstruction in the wash pump, this is a stripdown job then.