Spring-loaded balance on door had failed.

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

David From South Pasadena, CA

May 01, 2011

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There are springs located back on the sides of the frame that are each attached to a nylon cord running over a pulley system to a plastic clip that attaches to a lever at the bottom of the door. The plastic clip on one side had broken. The door balance kit I ordered replaces the pulley system and and cord assembly for both sides. To repair it, the dishwasher needs to be pulled out so that both sides can be accessed. The cord assemblies are removed. The pulley assembly is replaced by unscrewing a bolt holding the assembly to the frame, and twisting to remove. It is then replaced with the new one by reversing the steps. After the new cords are installed, the dishwasher can be put back under the sink, and the repair is complete.

I found that the new pulley assembly is an improvement on the old one. The old one had one pulley and then a fixed curved channel for the cord. The cord made an annoying squeaking sound as it passed along the channel. The new one has two pulleys and is completely silent.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Door Balance Link Kit

Part Number: PS972325

In Stock