Glasses in the top shelf had food bits - not rinsing well

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Clifford From Centennial, CO

Jan 01, 2011

40 out of 45 people found this instruction helpful

The most difficult part of this was figuring out the problem was with the middle spray arm - that it was not spinning (and thus not rinsing the top dishes). I could spin it by hand fine - but if I watched its position while the machine was running (open/close the door) I saw it wasn't moving. I took out the top shelf (with spray arm attached) and connected it to the garden hose. I could see then that the arm was sagging and hitting the rear connection, preventing it from spinning. To replace I removed the plugs from the top shelf side-rails (bend the rail open with your thumb and tip the plugs out of the rail to the right for the left rail, to the left for the right rail. this is easier than pulling them out the end of the rail). Slide out the top shelf. Turn over, remove the phillips screw and pull off the manifold, and middle spray arm. Replace with the new parts. I also replaced the top spray arm (which was very loose, and probably not spraying well because it was so loose). For this I unclipped the top feed tube and pulled off the old sprayer. Put a towel in the bottom rack of the washer so you don't drop the little pieces into the pump below. The top spray arm simply snaps in with the two connectors (the pointy one attaches through the feed tube).

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Upper Wash Arm Kit

Part Number: PS392681

In Stock

Spray Arm Seal

Part Number: PS392957

In Stock

Spray Arm - Middle

Part Number: PS973493

In Stock

Middle Spray Arm Tube/Manifold - Gray (Now subbed to MANIFOLD)

Part Number: PS3494710

In Stock