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I have a Kenmore Ultrawash. The last few weeks there is food grit left on everything on the top shelf. This happens even after we rinse all plates and dishes. We just have to put everything back again. It is horrible. The dishwasher is about 7 years old.

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Believe it or not, but this is a common thing. Basically, you need to remove both rotors, top and bottom and carefully clean them. If blocked, the rotors dont turn properly or at all and this leaves grit and grime still on the cutlery which you are experiencing now. (make sure the water holes are totaly clear).Once spraying properly, rotation will take place and will wash the grit off the cutlery.

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  • gail_master Jul 30, 2010

    I have a spinner at the bottom of the dishwasher and 1 on the middle basket. I cannot get them out. Any suggestions?

  • gail_master Jul 30, 2010

    i have 1 rotar on the bottom and 1 on the bottom rack. I cannot get them loose. What could I do?

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