Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repairLess than 15 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
This explanation comes from a novice "helper" (helping her brother!) When the latch broke off I thought I couldn't open the dishwasher door but found I could, although the part you have to grab and pull is sharp, so I used a paper towel to cover it. To put on the new latch, you need two socket sets: a hex bit set to remove 10 bolts holding the inside of the door (you'll be using the bit with six points), and a regular socket head to remove tiny bolts holding the latch in place. Once inside, it's fairly easy. The only tricky part is going slowly in tightening the new latch once you've reattached the bolts: You tighten a little and then test how much play the latch has and so on until you finally get it fairly snug. You don't want to over-tighten because you are talking about a plastic part you are screwing metal bolts into, so go slowly -- tightening one bolt and then the other and testing the latch for looseness. When we were satisfied with the snugness, there was still a little play in the latch, so you're not looking for rigidity here. Also, I ordered the door spring linkage piece (about $3.50), but didn't need to. From its name, it SOUNDED like I might need it but didn't. Also, the parts arrived very quickly (1-1/2 days), so I wouldn't order anything extra up front.