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PartSelect Number PS11746831
This wax motor is a little over two inches long. It is the rinse and detergent activator for some dishwashers.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
You need a torq screwdriver for this repair. I removed the 7 torq screws from the inside of the door, removed the 2 wires to the wax motor; replaced the wax motor; rewired it and then screwed the door back on. I'm not very mechanical but this was easy and saved a lot of money over having a repairman come out.
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Removed the inside door panel, Removed the two wires and removed the activator. Installed the new activator in reverse. Problem: the new activator did not work. used external leads and applied 125 Volts to activator leads and still did not work. I ordered a replacement activator, order #1846925 which also did not work. The original and both replacement activators have a measured resistance of about 2 KOhms. I disassembled the original unit and found the plunger to be stuck in the coil. I suspect the coil form has aged and is the reason none of he units work.
Opened the panel holding the soap dispenser (removed 9 screws). Removed one wire from the wax motor and replaced that wire with the same wire from the new part, and then removed the second (last) wire from old part and removed the old part and placed the second wire from the new part on the respective spot for that wire. Closed the panel and screwed in the screws and have run the dishwasher 5 times and it works great!
Reading other do-it-yourselfer's accounts helped me know this repair was relatively easy.Removed seven torx head screws around the panel inside the door, snapped the old Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation out and pulled firmly to remove wires. Attached wires to the new one and snapped it in place. Reinstalled screws. The dishwasher has not failed to open the door on a load since then. Mission accomplished for under $25.
Surprized how fast the part arrived just 2 days I was just guessing that it was the switch not working and that is what I relpaced now it work sGetting the part right away and getting it working within 2 days made me a hero in my wife's eyes.
removed the inner door panel. replaced the wax motor. that's all it took.
My dishwasher has always done a fanastic job of cleaning, even dried on food without rinsing. Now it began leaving stains in the cups and the door to the machine was staining too. I was sure the whole thing would need to be replaced. My 'fix-it' husband found your internet site with a little better price on the little motor part needed and it came in just a couple days. The actual cleaning and scrubbing of the dishwasher's surfaces probably took longer than installing the part. It seems to be working great right now, and it's still 18 years old! Thanks, Carole
Easy job and I'm no expert!1. Open the dishwasher door2. Remove the 8 torx screws holding the back of the door to the front of the door3. Carefully separate the two4. Locate the wax motor in question (there were 2 on my unit) and verified it was free to move, the spring action was working properly, etc.5. Simply unclip the motor, pull the 2 wires, and replace in the same orderUpon the first cycle, we were delighted to find the soap door OPEN and the soap gone! (Whereas before the door would be closed and the soap still inside.)
Originally the dishwasher started to leak. I determined that it was coming from the door and upon further inspection found that the latch for the detergent cup seal was bad. I replaced that and the leak stopped however the lid would not open to dispense the detergent. So I also replaced the wax motor to correct that as well.
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