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Leaking out of door

I have read that others have had the same problem - water leaking out front door when the arms are rotating. this is the second dishwasher that has done this- I returned the other. Am I doing something wrong? I have it sitting in the middle of the floor all hooked up and leveled out...and it still leaks.

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    Ron Coons May 11, 2010

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THE ISSUE IS JUST THAT YOU HAVE THE MACHINE COMPLETELY LEVEL CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF DISHWASHER ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE IINSTALLED COMPLETELY LEVEL U NEED A SLIGHT INCLINE FROM FRONT TO BACK ABOUT A 6 TO 12 DEGREE PITCH BACK. THIS IS BECAUSE THE DOOR DOESNOT HAVE STRONG GASKETS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE INSIDE PANEL. BY PERFORMING THIS TASK YOU WILL ALLOW THE WATER APON ROTATION TO TO HIT HIGH ON THE DOOR AND ROLL BACKWARD AND NOT HIT THE BOTTOM GASKET DIRECTLY ON ROLL OUT OF THE DOOR

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