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Whirlpool dishwasher does not pump all the water out of the basin. How do I get to the pump to clean the debris out. It seems impossible to get to the pump from inside the tub.

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1 the air gap. That is the thingy that makes noise when the DW is working properly. It is usually mounted on the top of the sink. Pull off the pretty cover and unscrew just the top of the plastic lid. Is their rice and debris in there? Take it out. And put the air gap back together again.

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