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Door sqeaking or falling down? - KitchenAid Kenmore Whirlpool

If the door on your have a stainless steel tank dishwasher is making an annoying squeaking sound or simply drops open unless you support it there is a solution.

The system used to open the door and hold it in place on these models uses rope cables and pulleys. As dust and dirt get on the cables they would make noise usually a creaking or squeaking noise. Sometimes the cables would break causing the door to fall.

The fix for this is a new set of cables and pulleys. They are of a different material that will resist the attraction of dust build up and stay quiet. The link on the end of the ropes have been reinforced to help prevent breaking and the pulleys are of a different bearing design. Over all a very good replacement part.

The part number for this kit is 8194001.(See image below) It comes complete with parts for both sides, be sure to replace both sides even if the noise is only coming from one side. It comes with 2 ropes (24), 2 pulleys (9 &17).

Disconnect the power or unplug the power cord before working on this!

To replace you will need to pull the dishwasher out from the cabinet opening about a foot. Look at the plumbing and electrical to make sure there is enough length to move it out.

Once out you will see the cable (24) that attaches to the spring (18) and to the hinge on the door (not shown), replace the cable and pulley (9).

Do one side at a time, if one side is broken do that side first so you have a a guide to look at if you forget where something goes.

I like to snap a digital picture before I start so I can reference back if I forget what goes where.

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