Replace broken rack adjuster with new part

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher

ModelKUDS301XBLO

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Edward From Columbia, MO

Jan 29, 2013

1-25-13
Refer to the parts diagram for the “upper rack and track”.
• As the previous post says, there are 5 clips that hold part #2 in place.
• The first two clips are the obvious bar holders at each end of part #2: on the diagram these are called #11 and #12. My part #2 was held in place by one #11 and one #12, rather than two of each as implied by the diagram.
• The third clip is located in the middle of part #2 and it is labeled part #9 in the diagram; the diagram has it facing the wrong way. Part #9 has three, closely spaced, compression tabs that point outwards from the rack [rather than inwards as shown in the diagram]. It is very difficult to depress all 3 tabs simultaneously in order to release the clip. I took this clip out as the third in the sequence; it may come out more easily if it is taken out last in the sequence.
• The fourth and fifth clips are “pins” at the bottom of part #8: part #10 fits over these pins and must be pried outwards to free the pins; once free, part #10 rotates upwards on the top bar like a clamshell.
• Note: after a few years of hot water & detergent the plastic is quite brittle. When forcing out parts it is possible/likely to break a part. The trick is to break only the old part which is being thrown away anyway!!
• In putting the pieces back together, the previous poster gave good advice to use the other side as a model. First clamp the new piece in place using part #9, and then put together the “clamshell” of parts #8 and #10. Finally, replace the clips labeled as part #11 and part #12.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Rack Adjuster - Left or Right Side

Part Number: PS3497383

$28.38
On Order