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Kenmore Dishwasher Not Cleaning

4 year old Kenmore, up until 4-5 months ago worked great. Now, does not seem to clean as well, especially top rack. Lots of food particles, cloudy glasses etc. I rigged the door, and everything is spinning. However, there does not seem to be much pressure coming out of arms. Maybe three or four inches from top arm. How much pressure and how fast should everything be spinning? Any ideas on how to fix? I will not call Sears to fix (another story).

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I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...

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