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Janie Freer Posted on May 31, 2007

Dishwasher soap door repair

The sliding soap door needs a new spring. We have it along with a new blue "door release" trigger and now I am trying to replace it but I can not get the old white "door release" trigger out of the door. Does it pull straight out? Is there a trick? Thank You~ Janie Freer

  • Robert Eaton Dec 20, 2007

    I have a wood panel on the front door of the dishwasher. How do I remove the panel. Obviously there are some screws holding it in place. Where are they?

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Oshie, I want to thank you. Your advice was quick and simple. We were ready to buy another dishwasher....Kitchenaid sent me the part without instructions and we nearly broke the darn thing trying to take out the soap dispenser through the inside. Clearly that would have been a mistake! Thanks again

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Remove door front panel to gain access to rear of dispenser (inside door)...then you have access to some linkages to which the trigger clips. You will see which to unclip. Spring is just clipped into position and dispenser door snapped back in! Good luck! Oshie

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