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972325-1-S-Whirlpool-8194001           -Door Balance Link Kit
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Door Balance Link Kit

PartSelect Number PS972325

Manufacturer Part Number 8194001
Manufactured by Whirlpool

This part is a door balance link kit, also sometimes known as door cable or door spring cable kit, that helps support the door as it opens and closes by connecting to the dishwashers door hinges. The kit includes two door balance links and two door balance mounts with wheels, which will replace both the left and right sides. The only tool needed is a 5/16 nut driver. Before removing the existing kit, take note of how the door balance link kit is assembled for a smooth replacement process. It is recommended to check the door springs in case they need to be replaced as well.

This part works with the following brands: KitchenAid, Kenmore, Whirlpool.

This part works with the following products: Dishwasher.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Door latch failure.
  • Door won’t close.
  • Noisy.
  • Leaking.
  • Will Not Start.

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Average Repair Rating: 3.9 / 5.0, 173 reviews What's this?
 

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Shawn from Gilbert, AZ

Easy repair

It took more time to take the two screws holding the top of the dishwasher in and to roll it out than it took to fix the door cable link.

Easy job for anyone who can use a screw driver and a pair of pliers

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Pliers, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: carl from denver, NC

Door had no tension

The hardest part of the repair was removing and installing the dishwasher from under the countertop. Once it was out the cable link on the left side (looking from the front) was broken. You'll need visegrips to pull the spring to the cable end (which is really nylon rope). I replaced both sides because they were inexpensive and I noticed they were made different than the old ones. Piece of cake once the dishwasher was out.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: ed from springboro, OH

Door falls open

A big thanks to others that shared their story. The tips were very helpful.
I pulled the dishwasher part way out and found that mine had coper plumbing to the water supply routed under by sink. I disconnected the water supply and then pulled the dishwasher the rest of the way out (the wiring had plenty of slack). Reconnected the spring to the frame of the dishwasher and attahed the link to the spring. Attached vicegrips to the spring and pulled the spring out far enough to route the other end of the link through the pulley and connect it.
If I have to do it again, it will take only ten minutes.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench set
Customer: David from New Canaan, CT

Door fell upon opening, no springs

I could see a broken cord connecting the door to one of the springs, ordered the replacement parts kit, and followed the instructions to replace both sides. The replacement was simple, but removing the dishwasher required some creative work to free the flanges holding the unit behind the cabinet face. The feed line compression fitting leaked, requiring me to cut and replace with a new fitting. However, the replacement parts worked perfectly for a great price.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Daniel from Palos Verdes Estates, AL

Broken doorspring link

I really appreciate this feature of this website. The inappropriate part photo had me wondering if I had the wrong part, but the repair descriptions made it clear that it was what I was seeking.

I'll do *anything* to avoid unhooking cables and hoses under a counter. Turns a half hour job into a multi-day leak chase. So... do this job per all the other posts. But pull the unit out only as far as the cables and hoses allow. You can do this. Really. Lie prone in front of the unit and handle the (fallen and disconnected) spring with a hand you've threaded through from the center.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: victoria from cape coral, FL

Piece of plastic junk broke on the dishwasher door

Hey, I just want to say thanks for having the parts. The repair was so simple my husband (he never fixes things) did it before I even walked into the room. Sure beats calling a repair guy and paying the $75-$100 minimum. He just unscrewed the dishwasher from the counter, looked at the other side to find out where to attach the part to the spring, and did it.
Again, thanks for having the parts.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
Customer: tom from granbury, TX

Door would not stay in place. Kept falling

shut off water supply and elect. pulled the dishwasher out from under the counter about a foot. part of the repair kit did not match the old part .however the only part i really needed was the link cord. very easy to replace.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools:
Customer: steven from Woodland Hills, CA

Dishwaser door spring link broke.

Ordered the parts online and had them at the house 3 days later. Pulled the dishwasher out and restrung the link/cord through the pulleys and then connected to the spring and then the spring to the back of the dishwasher.

Literally done in under 5 min if that. Very very easy. You can look at the other side to see how the cord goes through the pulleys.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Simon from Tustin, CA

Broken link on one side of door

easy fix, well worth the time...figure I saved $200-300 by doing it myself....make sure you route the cord between the roller and the little guide finger...easy to miss and creat a friction point that will cut the cord more quickly....

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: William from Clemmons, NC

Broken link - plastic piece attached to string

The repair packet contained 2 links with new pulley plastic pieces. It said to replace all of the parts. I could see that the old plastic pulley part only used 1 pulley. They had re-engineered to add a second pulley.
Changed out parts with no issues.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Paul from Lynbrook, NY

Cord that connects the counter balance spring broke

I used a screwdriver to remove the bottom panel and pulled out the appliance. Tools were not required for the rest of the repair. The left side was not broken so I just duplicated the arrangement with the new parts on the right. Hook the spring to the back of the chassis. Hook one end of the link cord onto the door and lace it through the pulley and guide. Pull the spring with one hand and hook the other end of the link cord onto the spring with the other. Push the appliance back in and replace the bottom panel. Done in 10 minutes.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Jerry from Gurnee, IL

Door will fall down

only needed screwdriver to remove screws that hold dishwasher to cabinet. hook up new sting to spring , pull around pullys and hook up to door

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools:
Customer: Tamara from Lake Zurich, IL

The cord broke on the link.

I put the spring back in place, attached the cord/link, then it took two of us to attach the other end of the link. It took a lot of pull to attach the second end of the link, however very simple to accopmlish.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Chandra from Edison, NJ

The door cable link broke - door would not open smoothly!

Received the part from PartSelect the day after I placed my order - great service! My dishwasher would not slide out more than 6-8 inches from the cabinet without having to remove the plumbing and electrical which I was trying to avoid. The solution was for me to request my wife to help me out by positioning the spring into the hole in the back panel of the dishwasher (the other end of the spring is the part into which the "eye" of this link goes). She has much smaller hands and she was able to do it in a minute :-) This was the hardest part - once the spring was in, it's just a matter of threading the link over the 2 spindles and insert the other end of the link into the "arm" on the dishwasher door. I found that it was easy to do this once I stretched the spring using a pair of pliers with one hand while threading the link with the other. All done in under 30 minutes.

BTW, I thought I read in another review/story that PartSelect shipped out 2 links in this package - I only found 1 complete set - link, spindles, etc. I only wanted the link, so I guess the other parts just live in my toolbox. I really think this link is going to keep breaking often (it's a really badly designed hinge!), so I wish PartSelect had a package consisting only of these links without the other components.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: R Henry from Los Gatos, CA

Squeaky hinges

Forget about trying to lube these hinges! This is a "known problem" relating to the nylon cord and pulley configuration. The real solution is to replace this faulty part and it's really easy to do... check out KitchenAid site for help.

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