The bottom washer arm stops turning and is very stiff when turned manually. We've taken it apart and cleaned out the inside, this works but it is happening all the time. If we don't wash our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. We never used to have to do this. Is there a part (food grinding/clearing) that we need to replace? Thanks for any help you can give!
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Re: Bottom Washer Arm Problem
Lift the arm off there should be a washer that the arm sits on,that washer may be missing or worn out.when you have the arm in your hand do you see bearings?if not try to find a washer the diameter of the arm and install it before you put the arm back on.
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the rotating arm has a magnet in it to let the controls know if it is turning. Yours is not turning so
check the jets for blockages... you might have to remove the arm to clean them properly
make sure there in nothing stopping the arm from turning...spin the arm manually to see if it rotates freely.
knives etc sticking upward can stop the arms from rotating on the top rack
if you run without the rack the arm will obviously be not telling the electronic it is not blocked because it is not there. the rack must be in the machine with the magnet and the magnet passing correct messages.
If there is really no blockage then there is a elect fault that need to be sorted professionally.
PS have you taken the arm off anf squirted a hose up the inlet to see if water comes out all of the jets????
Carefully inspect the lower spray arm for a crack or separation. Also inspect the holes in the spray arm that may be stopped up with debris. Remove and clean the filter in the front center of the tub. Set the spray arm at the 12 o'clock position and start the washer. After 30 seconds open the door and check the position of the spray arm. Do thi several times to confirm the spray arm is rotating.
arms rotate by water volune and pressure / ck to see if the screen in bottom and the cup sreeen is clean . if not clean it with a stiff nylon brush reinstall and try it again // also ck water level if too low this would cause problem .. float or pressure sw causes low water . or water valve filter screens .. hope this helps let me know .. **** .
Check the upper arm for free spinning, then remove the arm and check that the seam between the upper and lower halves has not split somewhere. Also check all the small holes for debris plugging. Run the machine in wash cycle for a little while with the upper arm off--that should flush out anything blocking the pipe up to the arm. If still nothing from the upper arm, tear down the lower arm assembly down to the deck while noting position of all parts removed. Clean the big screen at the bottom in white vinegar and hot water. Inspect the holes in the bottom for anything blocking them.
Hi Bob: The center of the arm screws out, is it the top or the bottom? I have a Maytag as well, once you unscrew the center piece the arm shoul come off, there will be a clip in the center, all you do is depress the tabs along the side and pull out. The bottom is similar as well. I hope this helps.
Hi Karen P
The bottom arm ( well all arms really)is rotated by the water pressure created by the main pump. The bottom arm should spin freely when rotated by hand. If not, then the bush (or plastic bearing) may be worn or sticking. These parts are fairly inexpensive (at worst a new bottom arm will be required). Contact your local Maytag spares supplier and ask for a Bush repair kit for the bottom arm of your model.