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Main Motor won't start-up in my dish-washer model SGS 5302 GB/07 - How would I know if the capacitor was faulty ? there is no smell or no visible damage - could this be tested with a multi-meter ?

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Not easy to test without special equipment. if capacitor is faulty, then motor will not move but will get quite hot as current is passing thro the run winding but motor not being cooled.

it is not an expensive part - about £8 in the uk. note the value of the capacitor and you should be able to source from a friendly electrical dealer. that will be a lot cheaper than buying it as a manufacturer's spare part

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