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PartSelect Number PS972325
This kit includes 2 door balance links and 2 door balance mounts with wheels.
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:
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Easy to find part online, quick delivery, new part had different end but site claimed it fits my brand/model and it DID! One of my few true "five minute jobs"
I removed the screws holding in the dishwasher and pulled the unit out. The broken door balance link was removed from the door balance. The door balance was removed from the dishwasher with a socket and replaced with the new balance. The new door balance link was hooked on the door and threaded through the balance, The spring was hooked into the back of the dishwasher through the frame. With the pliers the hook on the spring was grabbed, extended and the hook on the spring was fished through the door balance link. The process was repeated for the opposite side.
One side of the door balancer broke. I pulled out the dishwasher and made a really strong one out of wire rope and clamps. 2 weeks later it broke again, so I ordered the link kit. I received it in a couple of days. But when I pulled out the dishwasher to replace my broken part I discovered that the original part on the other side broke. I put one of the new parts on the broken side and left my part on the other. I want to see which one lasts the longest.
removed toe kick, took off old hinges and replaced w/new and improved
My son and I pulled the dishwasher out and replaced the door balances. It was quite simple and easy because the video at this URL was very clear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X02l3pHeOUI. Unfortunately, I have not been able to learn where the positioners need to be placed so that I can install them. I am instructionless on that part of the job.
replaced the broken parts.
removed screws thet secure it to counter..pulled out dishwaser as allowable by connections replaced the part using pliers to pull back the door spring....replaced the dishwasher in place..fastened the counter screws..easy!
First remove the two screws holding the kick plate at the bottom. Next I pried off the 2 plastic bulb access caps on the sides in front and removed the screws holding the machine between the cabinets.I pulled out the washer as far as I could without having to shut off the water and remove the water line or the power supply. I pulled out the broken link assembly consisting of a nylon cord with plastic end pieces that connected on one end to the tension spring and on the other to the cantilever mechanism on the door. The difficult task was getting the long spring to hook onto its position at the back of the machine when I could only pull the machine out several inches as it was held by the shortness of the water and power lines. I used the tang end of a long file shoved inside one end of the spring as a holder while I moved the spring back into position and turned it until it caught hold and snapped into place. Once that was done I was able to pull the cord (which had one end attached to the spring before I had positioned it) using a pair of pliers and a great deal of effort enough to hook the plastic end over the hooked part attached to the door. I pushed it back and replaced the side screws and the kick plate.
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