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THE TOP SPRAYER DOES NOT SPIN. THE UPPER RACK DOES NOT GET WASHED

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    Alf Hopkins Oct 15, 2010

    Check that there is not particles of crud binding the top spray arm. Also make sure your getting enough water as low water level might cause not enough volume of water to get to the top. Also need brand to narrow any further.

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Hi, I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife alsocomplained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried invain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them inminutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if theheating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I wouldbuy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it isworking... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...
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Little water to top rack


Your sprayer arms may be clogged.
The upper arm attaches to a tube in the back of the dishwasher. If the support clamps come loose, the upper spray tube will not be flush with the tube and can't carry water to the sprayer arms. Also the sprayer arms can become clogged with paper remnants, bone fragments, or pieces of peeling. You'll need to remove the sprayer arm and flush it at your sink. If there is a jet that is clogged, tweezers will help remove the residue.
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If problems remain, the next most common problem is a failed wash motor.  It is common over the years for it to weaken as it heads towards total failure.  These motors, when they fail, can not be repaired, rather they must be replaced.
Please post back with what you find, OK?

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Recommend you pull the bottom spray arm straight up, then out of the DW.
Remove 9 phillips screws that hold the filter shroud down. Remove the filter and clean/rinse it out.
While the filter it out, grab a flashlight and inspect all over the sump area. Especilly in the area the has the check valve that rotates (Vario motor-driven) to feed the water pressure either to the lower and then the upper arms. Watch out for broken glass! Also, inspect the impeller to see if it is undamaged and spins easily.
Reassemble, then test out.
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