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Upper rack spray is clogged

Don't know what you call it but the arm that sprays water underneath the upper rack of dishes is clogged 'cause I can see stuff coming from the holes. Its a Maytag quiet series 300 but I can't figure out how to get it off. Past dishwashers had a screw that I took off. Help! I know it could be an easy fix

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It has a pressure insertion fitting that snaps into the arm thru the hole,you need to press in on the ears on the bottom of the are to release the plastic grips to let it drop out,then the arm should remove after this

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