The cord broke

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

Neil From Lincolnshire, IL

Jun 08, 2011

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Make sure the dishwasher is empty (to keep the weight down) Removed bottom plate of dishwsher. Removed screws attaching dishwasher to the countertop. Lowered dishwasher (foot balancers). Slid dishwasher out. Found spring on broken balance kit. Removed old plastic pulley by removing mounting screw (new part has two wheels that spin to prevent the cords from breaking - less tension) put in new plastic pulleys Upper part has to be alliigned and turned 1/4 turn then secure with screw on lower end. Attach cord to spring. THEN pull on the spring to give some slack to the cord and then feed into the serpentine mechanism. I first tried to put it though the two pulleys and then attach the spring to the frame. This was impossible. If you just attach it to the frame first, you can easily feed it through the two pulleys in just 20 seconds. Since the new mechanism is better, I did both sides this time. The second side took only 2 minutes, while the first side took 10. After you attach these slide the dishwasher back in place. Reallign it with the cabinet. Reattach the upper screws to the countertop. Re-raise the dishwasher with the adjusting screws on the feet so it is level and at the proper height. Put back on the lower plates with the two screws. And then start washing dishes.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Door Balance Link Kit

Part Number: PS972325

In Stock