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Kenmore dishwasher not cleaning

My dishes on the top rack aren't getting clean. In addition, the soap in the soap dispenser often isn't completely used up during a wash. I have checked to see if both arms are clogged, and neither are. I checked the tube at the back of the washer that supplies water to the arms, and that was clean as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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There is a rubber tube which supplies water to the top spray arms. That is, If yours has top spray arms. This rubber tube has to make a connection when one slides the top rack back in. That tube will rot after a while, check it out.

If the soap is not being used up, reduce the amount of soap you are using and run the dishwasher empty with a pie plate sitting on the bottom rack with a cup of distilled (cheap) vinegar in it. Run it hot and long, recheck and redo if neccessary.

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Can you confirm if during wash cycle the water is circulating especially through the top wash arm.

Keep a small container on the top rack and see if there is water collected in it at the end of cycle. Alternatively run the dishwasher with door open (you will have to find a way to enable the door switch inside the latch).

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