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Lower spray arm not working, no water or spinning during wash. Any ideas?

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Arm is rotated by the water flow. Unplug the dishwasher and check that the pump input is not blocked by food particles etc

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  • andyGcon Mar 17, 2011

    I also had the same problem. I checked to ensure that there were no blockages. Once I found that this was not the problem I had to open the machine. I took off the back, top and side covers to access the reticulation pump. On the side of the pump is the solenoid valve that controls the flow of water to the bottom arm. I found that the valve was broken and stuck in the closed position. As i was unable to source a replacement valve I just put it back minus the broken flap (valve). My argument is that since i never use a 1/2 cycle and also have a full dishwasher there is no point at which i would want the bottom arm not to operate. Its working fine now!! Hope this helps

  • howlec Mar 27, 2011

    Hi I have the same problem, which valve is it that stops working? How do I find it?

  • andyGcon Mar 27, 2011

    the valve that controls the water flow to the bottom arm is housed in part of reticulation pump. This sits under the machine directly under the botton arm. What you should try first is removing the bottom arm and pushing something long down the hole to push the valve back into the open position. You will need something no bigger than the diameter of a pencil - make sure its nothing that can get stuck . If this doesnt work then unfortunately you will need to strip the covers of the machine to access the reticulation pump. Get the exploded view of your particular model which shows where everything is located - try the following link for examplehttp://www.buyspares.co.uk/kenwood/dishw...

    Its quite a tight fit to get the valve off but it can be done without taking the pump off by carefully pushing the hoses out of the way as you undo teh 4 screws that hold the valve in place.

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