Question about KitchenAid 24 in. KUDS01FLBL Built-in Dishwasher
On our KitchenAid dishwasher we had the same problem--a REALLY loud squeak as it opened. The sound comes from the nylon rope slipping along the plastic pulleys. We've had the DW for about 3 years and the noise has gotten worse over time. I was determined to win the war against the noise and am happy to say I fixed it today.
The trick is to use a dry lubricant on the cord and on the pulleys. I used Dry Graphite by Gunk. It comes in an aerosol spray can and once the stuff dried the squeak was gone. I'll let you know if it comes back...
Posted on Feb 20, 2008
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Posted on May 21, 2012
I had the same problem with my kitchen aid dishwasher. Schreaching noise when the door was used. Solution? Vaseline applied to the cords, using a long handled very small paint brush. The problem stems from the fact that of the two pulleys that interact with the pull cord, one pulley is stationary, and creates friction/noise as the tight cord moves around it. Regular Vaseline applied to each cord, left and right sides of the door relieved the noise. Lots of luck
Posted on Sep 09, 2008
I solved this problem for free. The left and right plastic pulleys can be switched, they are the same part. Switching the sides causes the unused side of the fixed pulley to be used. It's just like a new part for each side and eliminated the noise. FYI tried teflon spray lubricant first but it just made the pitch worse.
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
I agree with SylviaB. Lubricate the cords. They are rubbing against the pulleys. Oddly enough, on my Kenmore dishwasher, one of the "pulleys" is fixed, that is it does not rotate, so the cord is supposed to just slide over it. I think that's where the noise is coming from.
I tied a small paintbrush at the end of a wood stick to reach the cords without moving the dishwasher. I saturated the brush with a bicycle chain lubricant called Dumonde Tech. This lubricant is made to penetrate deep into a chain and then dry, leaving a dry lubricating film. I brushed the bits of cord that were reachable. The lubricant is thin enough to flow down the cords. After a day or two, after the lubricant dried and the noise disappeared.
Posted on Mar 16, 2008
My KitchenAid dishwasher door had a HORRIBLE squeak when opening or closing. These door link kits are supposed to fix the squeaking, but...
When the new left and right side links were installed "as-is" the squeaking was better, but still too loud. What happens now is that when the nylon wheels turn they rub on their nylon axles and ... SQUEAK! I thought it would work to simply lubricate the axles. Easy? Not quite...
The following failed to fix the aggravating noise: WD-40; Spray silicone lubricant; Chapstick (for lips!); Candle wax; A bar of hand soap.
Finally, after disassembling and cleaning off each failed attempt, I tried: Silicone grease. That worked and we immediately had absolute silence! For a few days...until a slight squeak started to reappear. Ugh.
Steel wheels with steel ball bearings might be the only true fix.
Posted on Mar 30, 2016
I simply cleaned the ropes with robbing alcohol and noise was greatly reduced.
Posted on Apr 04, 2018
I too replaced my old spring assemblies with the new style- with double pulleys. All new stuff. first few tries- silence! then a few days later- sounds like a bunch of cellos playing out of tune. Ugh.
It's easy to tell the problem lies in the rubbing of the plastic pulleys on their plastic axis. And the spring and cord just amplify the sound like a stringed instrument.
I have tried to lubricate the cords and the pulley axis with WD-40, spray on "dry" Teflon, PB Blaster... nothing works.
I have not tried the soap on the rope as I have the double pulleys and they do rotate, so the cord is not sliding on the stationary guide like the old assembly.
I guess I will try to disassemble and see if I can find a lubricant that will stay IN the pulleys.
Posted on Apr 23, 2016
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