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The soap dispenser does not open completely during the cycle. We are using pod soap and it is just stluck in the partially open dispenser and the dishes are dirty.

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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 is a link to instructions that might help that. But not knowing your specific model these instructions may not apply

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4628450-poor_cleaning_or_noisy_pump_whirlpool_or

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