Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
Jason From Los Angeles, CA
Aug 18, 2011
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Identified first that the Door Balance Link Kit was required as opposed to a new spring - the springs are nearly indestructible, I don't see how the spring would ever fail before the link kit. The hardest part was sliding the dishwasher out - nut driver to remove the lower panel, removed the insulation under the dishwasher, then found the two plastic screw covers in the door frame. Under the screw covers are screws to attach to the cabinet frame - your installation may be different. Then I slid out the dishwasher.
The link kit consists of two roller assemblies and two links - basically a nylonish cable with a plastic eye-hook on one end and a longer hollow-rectangle kind of attachment on the other. I only used the links (the cable parts) for this repair.
Swapping the link kit took 2 minutes. Hook the spring on the frame that is parallel to the dishwasher front, attach the eye-hook to the spring, push the cord into the pulley system, and pull on the link with the spring to get the rectangular hook to loop over the door hook.
Sliding the dishwasher out and putting it back in took much longer than the actual part replacement, but it was still a quick repair. And now the door doesn't even squeak when it opens!
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Part Number: PS972325