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I have a Kenmore dishwasher. A few years ago I was told there was a recall on certain models that there was a defect in the rinse agent part. I was told not to use any Jet dry. My glassware has a film on it. I was wondering if I could put white vinegar in the rinse agent area. Otherwise the washer works fine. My model #363-15171000 Serial # SZ305300R Thanks in advance. Carol Johnson Lincoln, Ne.

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Yes if this can solve and if you are happy otherwise with the washer then there is no need to get the swap. If the cleaning with vinegar wont help , it will be better to have it checked to take advantage of the free call , if not after a period of time the company will not take responsibility.

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