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Dishwasher stopped cleaning but appears to run through cycles. Possibly water starved. The bottom "sprayer has some water coming through the holes but is not spinning, (although spins freely by hand). The top and middle "sprayers" definately aren't functioning. Stopped working suddenly, (not a gradual change).

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  • kslovic Jun 06, 2010

    Your assistance was very helpful. Thank you for all your help. Saved an expensive service call that was relatively easy to fix with your assistance.

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HI. I agree with your assessment. There may be some sort of blockage within the hose assembly. I recommend to inspect all hoses that correspond to the actual recirculation pump. Check the drain hoses as well.

The recirculation hose can be responsible for problems with poor rinsing of dishes and washing as well. Minor clogs will obstruct the water flow, thus, preventing for an optimal cycle. This issue will cause a low water pressure state, which in return, will hinder the rotation of the sprayer arms. To access the drain hose remove the lower panel located beneath the door. The panel is usually held in place with two screws either above or below the panel. It may be necessary to first open the door to the dishwasher to reach the screws over the panel, then close the door to remove the panel.The drain hose connects to the pump and runs to the sink drain (or to the air gap on top of the sink). The pump has a second hose that recirculates the water back into the dishwasher. The drain hose is roughly 1 1/2 inches in diameter. While inspecting the drain hose, check the recirculation hose as well for obstructions.

When checking for blockages, disconnect the drain hose from the pump, pinch the wire clamp with pliers and slide it up the hose. Place a shallow pan beneath the pump to catch any spillage. Remove the hose from the pump; wiggling the hose may help to loosen it. Check the hose and nipple to the pump for any debris. The only way to be certain the drain hose is completely clear is to disconnect it from the sink and run water through (such as spraying a garden hose through it at full strength). Disconnect the recirculation hose and check it the same way. Once you have cleared or verified that there are no obstruction within the affected areas, simply reconnect all the components and power up the unit for a test run.

During the test run, if you experience the same issues with low water pressure to the sprayers, move on to the water inlet assembly. The only other culprit, besides a clogged recirculation assembly, will be a failing inlet valve assembly. This assembly may be having difficulties with keeping the solenoid controlled valve fully open. This will restrict the normal water flow, thus, creating the issues you are experiencing as well. Use my quick testing procedure below to confirm proper function at the valve assembly.


To access the inlet valve remove the lower panel located beneath the door. The panel is usually held in place with two screws either above or below the panel. It may be necessary to first open the door to the dishwasher to reach the screws over the panel, then close the door to remove the panel. The water inlet valve can be identified by the water hoses connected to it. One hose will lead from the valve to the pump/motor assembly in the center of the dishwasher. Check that the hoses are securely connected to the valve and that there are no kinks in the hoses which could restrict water flow. There are two wires (four, if it has two solenoids) connected to the water inlet valve. Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire itself). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced. Use a multimeter to test for continuity. Set the multimeter to the ohms setting X1. Touch one probe to each terminal. A reading of infinity indicates a bad solenoid that must be replaced. Different brands and models will have various measurements, but the valve should show some resistance if it is functioning properly. If your valve has two solenoids, test the second one in the same way as the first.

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  • kslovic Jun 06, 2010

    Thanks. While waiting for a response, I continued research. Do you think a plugged sump could possibly be the culprit? This looks like it might be a little easier to tackle first.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 06, 2010

    A plugged sump port may be an issue, but these sections of the actual sump shouldn't hold the plugs to long. Most clogs tend to free themselves overtime in this area. I do agree that it is worth checking. It is a great starting point..

  • kslovic Jun 06, 2010

    Ok. I accessed the sump pump. The screen was approx. 75% clogged and the chopper blade is broken off. 2 questions...
    Can I run the dishwasher with the screen and chopper blade removed, (and make sure we rinse the dishes before running the dishwasher.


    Where can I get a replacement shaft, screen and chopper?

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 06, 2010

    Ok, i will need the entire model number, if possible. This will insure that i can provide the proper replacement parts and part numbers. You can purchase all parts from the sears parts direct website, if you wish.

    Concerning the units operational value without the sump fine particle screen and chopper mechanism:

    It is possible to run the unit without these components, but i strongly do not recommend it. The screen and chopper are very important devices that heel most obstructive material. I would advise against this, even though it is possible.


    Sears parts direct site
    The Repair clinic


  • kslovic Jun 06, 2010

    The model number is KUDl01lBS3 Serial number FR0203677. It the plastic shaft that is actually broken. However the chopper was also partially mangled. Does it come all as one assembly replacement part...shaft/spring/washers/screen/chopper?


    I'm running it now to see if it it fixed the upper water flow issue. It looks like it is working but I'll wait until the cleaning cycle ends to be sure. If not, I'll start attacking the hoses.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 06, 2010

    Ok, the actual chopper will be shipped as an assembly. The part number will be 8268383.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 06, 2010

    The part number for your new screen will be 8268391

  • kslovic Jun 06, 2010

    Thanks for the PN's. Does the metal washers that slide down the rectangular portion of the shaft go on either side of the screen? They were not attached to the shaft when I found them.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 06, 2010

    Either side will be suitable concerning the washers..

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