Help: Replacing Food Chopper in Whirlpool Dishwasher

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Arthur Shapiro, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. (I posted this Friday from my work address, and am reasonably certain it never
    made it beyond the internal servers; hopefully I'm not multi-posting!)

    I had to pull my Kenmore 16032 dishwasher apart last night to try and diagnose
    a no-spray condition in the top arm. The guts were quite caked with crud, and
    the check valve seemed OK, so I'm uneasily hopeful that cleaning out the pump
    area will cure the problem.

    I tried for two hours to get the food chopper back into position. What's The
    Secret????

    This looks like an insolvable 3D issue, where if the round perforated plate is
    to slide into its slot, the blade cannot be pulled out enough for the gripping
    pawls on its axle to clear the shaft of the pump.

    There's a You Tube video of this repair, but not enough detail to show how the
    gentleman pulled the shaft out with pliers and easily slipped the unit back
    into position. No Bloody Way it's that easy!

    Can anyone shed some advice on this issue? Mother Teresa would have been
    cursing like a drunken sailor by the end of last evening.

    Art
     
    Arthur Shapiro, Feb 19, 2008
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    Chris R.

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    Place the open end side of a 5/8" or 11/16" wrench between the screen and the washer below the chopper blade. Set the assembly into place in it's groove, with the smaller diameter section down. (Note, on mine, it's not the groove you would think. It's the "outer" groove." Holding the screen down tightly in position, slide the wrench out and allow the pawl to "pop" into position.
    Works for me every time! Good luck.
     
    Chris R., Jul 9, 2017
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