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Dishwasher leaking from bottom

I am trying to replace a chopper impeller in the bottom of a very old whirlpool dishwasher and can't get the chopper off (the grey plastic thingy). It was leaking out the bottom and they told us that it could be a diy job and that would take care of it

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The leak is coming from the main seal? The chopper thingy on these old machines will not come out without a fight. These impellers have been there a long time and has had lots of hard water and crud to hold them on. Get a screwdriver or a reasonable facsimile and carefully bust it off. Be careful not to damage the shaft. If you pull the whole motor assembly out, replace the rubber gasket too.

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