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The top spinner/cleaner dish sprayer thing isn't spinning or spraying water on to the dishes on the top shelf. The rest of the dishwasher works. Any suggestions on how to fix?

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When my wife started complaining about her dishwasher not getting the top rack clean this is what I found and I wrote a tip about it...

Dishwasher Spray Arms not Spinning

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Posted on Aug 22, 2010

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