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How do you remove the spray arm to get to the impeller in the pump. model HDA150X66WA I found some cherry pits floating in the bottom and assuming that a pit got in the impeller. Thanks for your help

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  • silllyphilly Sep 05, 2010

    we tried to turn the tower couonter clockwise and it just turns but doesn't come out?

  • silllyphilly Sep 05, 2010

    we tried turning the tower counterclockwise and it just spins but doesn't come out. what now.?

  • silllyphilly Sep 05, 2010

    O.K this is frustrating. I already replyed with a comment about not being able to turn the tower counterclockwise. it jus spins and doesn;t release. what now. please reply

  • silllyphilly Sep 05, 2010

    o.k this time i tried to turn the spray tower clockwise and it just spins and doesn't unscrew?

  • silllyphilly Sep 05, 2010

    I was told to unscrew the spray tower clockwise and remove it to get to a screw that needs to be removed in order to take off the spray arm. we are trying to get to the impeller of the pump to remove a cherry seed we thnk is stopping the water from entering the machine., but the tower just spins in place and does not unscrew. What next?

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The spray arm is connected to the pillar which is connected to the wash pump at the base. You will need to get a large spanner and turn it anti-clockwise holding the flat profile section of the pillar. I am assuming the spray arm pillar looks like this.

You could also have a coupler like this joining the pump to the pillar. So if the whole pillar and the coupler start moving together when you unscrew then you may have to hold the pump socket firm from the bottom of the dishwasher.

Best way to work this would be to empty the dishwasher and disconnect from supply and drop it on one side on the floor.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

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Hi.

  1. Disconnect power to the dishwasher.
  2. Remove the lower dishrack from the tub.
  3. If your dishwasher has a spray tower in the center of the spray arm, unscrewi it with and remove it rotating the unit counteclockwise with your hand.
  4. Find the retaining bolt in the center of the spray arm.
  5. Remove the bolt and then remove the lower spray arm by pulling it out.
Here a diagram for your model, click on the picture to enlarge:

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Posted on Sep 05, 2010

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 05, 2010

    Do the following : Undo the center riser spray by turning it Clockwise and take off
    the lower spray arm. Remove then the lower spray arm support using a
    phillips screw driver. You may need to play with the parts to remove them.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 05, 2010

    Hi
    Try turning clockwise the tower should come off.

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