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Dishwasher soap not opening

When i wash dishes the soap doesn't open. the pre-soap is gone but the normal cycle soap is still in there and the door is still shut. i have ran it through a cycle with a magic dishwasher thing and it did a great job at cleaning it but it still doesn't work. any ideas?

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These rely on mechanical timers and springs on the soap dispenser. They get a bit gunked up after a while. Don't prewash and run the the dishwasher for a few cycles with the dispenser open (put the soap tablet in the cutlery basket). If you listen to the machine you may be able to hear the click when the dispenser should open which at least tells you that it should be working

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