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No flow to top spray arm

Kenmore dishwasher model 587.15182400

little to no flow to top spray arm.

There is good flow and pressure to bottom spray arm. The fiters are clean. any ideas?

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The tube feeding the top spray arm may be clogged. The top srpay arm seal may be defective as well.

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