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Kenomore ultra wash dishwasher will not clean dishes- water pump may be out? How do I perform self diagnostic test?

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Check and see if both wash arms are turning first.
does the lower arm turn but the top arm does not?
Another way to check to see if your upper wash arm is turning is to put a mug in the top rack upright. close the door and turn the dishwasher on if it fills the mug within 2 minutes you are getting proper curculation.
you press heated dry and high temp wash and toggle back and forth within 6-8 second. all the lights should light up and it will go into diagnostics.

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