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Noisy Dishwasher KitchenAid Dishwasher KDS-18 has recently started making squealing noises that begin during pre-wash and intermittently but consistently happen through the wash and rinse. What's going on? How to resolve? Thanks.

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  • G Home Mar 28, 2008

    The only recent hard objects would be occasional orange sees. I only use Normal Wash. I always hear the squeal during pre-wash, wash, and rinse. The sound comes and goes but occurs every time.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    After dishwasher starts washing there is a loud grinding noise that continues to get louder and louder



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Has there been any hard objects such as fruit seeds nuts egg shells ect. is it doing it in all the cycles

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