door latch broken

ApplianceMaytag Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Elizabeth From Burke, VA

Jan 16, 2008

5 out of 6 people found this instruction helpful

First, we removed all of the screws around the perimeter of the interior door panel and lifted it up. (we didn't take it completely off because that would have required disconnecting wires so we just held it up out of the way.)

Second, the plastic on the latch assembly was broken so that part came out fairly easily. The hard part was disconnecting the metal prongs that plug it in to the door control wires. We tried everything--prying, pulling--and finally got all three of us in there. One pulled on the latch end of the prongs, the other pulled on the door wiring end of the prongs, and I squeezed the prongs in-between with needle nose pliers. This broke the prongs on the latch side, which was fine since we were replacing the entire latch (the directions in the service manual we downloaded didn't give any indication that disconnecting the prongs would be difficult--I feel like there must be a trick to it, but breaking the prongs worked fine too!)

Third, we plugged in the prongs of the new latch--went in easily!--and popped the new latch into place in the door. It wasn't held securely, probably because of the broken plastic, but we replaced the inner door and screwed it in place, and when we shut the door it worked.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

USE WPL W10130696 (Now subbed to Door Handle and Latch Assembly with Switches)

Part Number: PS2180048

In Stock