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  1. Jim Adney

    Jim Adney Guest

    Our old KDC-17 KitchenAid dishwasher let out a bang the other night
    and now its front door suddenly feels really heavy. I figure there
    were some springs inside which helped to counterbalance the weight of
    the door and that those springs have now broken.

    Can anyone tell me whether there are 1 or 2 springs in there, whether
    they are hard to replace, and whether they are the most likely
    suspects or are there other linkage parts which are more likely to be
    broken?

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  2. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Jim...

    Happened to me too a coupla years ago. Not a kitchenaid,
    but I imagine they're all pretty much the same. Heavy
    doesn't half describe it, 'less you're much much younger
    than I am :)

    Two springs, one on either side of the door. In my case
    the "hook" end of one of them had rusted enough that it
    broke off.

    I'm lucky enough to have a next door neighbor who's heavy
    into cars and all of the tools. He was good enough to
    heat and form a new hook on the end and it was good as
    new, though the door a teensy bit lighter than it was.
    (wants to gently self close, now)

    A heads-up if I may? When dis-assembling and re-assembling
    get everyone else out of the room, 'specially the youngsters,
    and wear a pair of safety glasses. They're very very strong
    springs, and great risk of turning into missiles :(

    Take care.

    Ken
     
  3. Bob Shuman

    Bob Shuman Guest

    Your neighbor should have been able to "stretch" the spring a little bit
    while it was still very hot to reduce some of the tension. It's probably
    not worth the effort at this point for you to disassemble and do this now,
    but for Jim knowing this in advance may help prevent the self closure
    problem.

    Sounds like good advice on the safety precautions.

    Bob
     
  4. Guest

    Some dishwashers have springs on the side of the tub that act directly
    on a bracket or linkage that is attached to the door. Others have
    springs that act on steel cables that run over pulleys. You might take
    off the kick plate and look; if you don't see any springs or pulleys
    down there, then they're probably on either side of the tub - 2 springs
    total, usually. Assuming it's a built-in, if you can't get to the sides
    of the dishwasher through the kitchen cabinets, you may have to pull it
    out of the cabinet a few inches to get at the springs.

    Follow Ken's good advice on safety when fooling with the springs.

    Matt Roberds
     
  5. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Call up an appliance shop and ask what they list as far as replacement
    springs, they should be able to tell you what's in there. As for replacing
    them, I've never done door springs but it can't be too hard.
     
  6. Jim Adney

    Jim Adney Guest

    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, but the dishwasher is fixed.

    I had the day off, so one of the things I did was to stop at our local
    place that sells appliance parts. She knew what I needed, but didn't
    have them in stock. She could get them here in one day, but the price
    was going to be $10 each, and each KitchenAid has 2.

    Since I didn't actually know that the springs were my problem, $20
    seemed a bit stiff. I went home and decided to dive into it.

    At the bottom front of the dishwasher there's a kick panel and a
    larger painted panel. I removed both (total of 4 screws) and there
    were my 2 springs, one intact and one broken.

    I grabbed the 2 pieces of the broken one and drove up to our hardware
    store, where I found a pretty good match for $3.80. It fits fine and
    works fine. I worked a little LPS-3 into each one just to hold back
    corrosion. Time will tell how long this fix lasts, but my guess is
    that it will be plenty long.

    BTW, the KitchenAid springs were a snap to install. No tools, just
    slip them into position. I was surprised; they are not particularly
    stiff springs.

    My parents have the same dishwasher with the same problem. I'll buy
    another cheap spring to install there next time we're visiting.

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