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Door handle will not engage with latch to open door.

I have a kitchenaid superba whisperultima dishwasher. the handle has become loose from latch and will not open the door. Do i need to take off front panel to view this?

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  • elsteven Dec 27, 2008

    latch will not engage to open door.

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    Can't open dishlex dishwasher door

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Yea but the trick is the latch acces is behind console not the front panel, you need to unistall the d/w slightly to remove strike plate holding broken latch closed, door needs to be opened to gain access to console screws

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