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

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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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Question:

I’m having problems with my dishwasher door. I recently replace the ropes and then I replaced the pulleys and yet the door is still flimsy and barely holding itself up. I need advice on how to move forward

Liam
Answer:

Hi Liam, based on your description you should check the springs on the door. It sounds like they are weak, which would cause the door to act that way. You should also check to see if the springs are in the right place on the base. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

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Question:

So one of the links broke on my dishwasher and I have to buy this kit to fix it. I know the kit comes with 2. So my question is do I have to replace both or can I just save one for a rainy day?

Simon
Answer:

Hi Simon, although you do not have to replace both sides together, we do recommend doing so. This is because it will create an even wear, and the unbroken one has potentially been weakened. Best of luck with this repair!

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Question:

My dishwasher is being the biggest pain!! I just recently had a repair man in here and I don’t want to do that again so i’m looking for help on how to fix it, or even just diagnose it. The door wont close properly and I think it has something to do with the alignment. Its not completely straight, and tbh looks a little lopsided. What should I do

Jade
Answer:

Hello Jade, by the sounds of things your dishwasher door has been lifted off the hinge pin. To fix it you must lift the door, and see if you can pop it back on to the hinge pin. If you are not able to, you may need to pull the unit outwards to access the hinge assembly. If you cannot get the door back onto the hinge pin, you may need to replace the hinge assembly because it may be damaged. I hope this helps.

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Most Recent

Question:

The top drawer of the dishwasher will not stay in. What do I need to do?

Thomas for model number KUDS01DLWH6
Answer:

Hi Thomas, Thank you for the question. If the rack is coming off the end of the rails when you pull it out you will need to check the rack stops. The stops fit in the end of the rails that attach to the inside wall of the dishwasher and prevent the rack from coming all the way out and off the rails. Hope this helps!

Question:

What is the length of the cord on this part? I bought one from another place and it was too short.

Bob for model number KUDP02FRSS0
Answer:

Hi Bob, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately the manufacturer does not give us specifications on their parts. We have taken a picture of this part on a one inch grid background. Each half of the cord are approximately 12". I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Question:

I can't reattach the lower arm that sprays there isn't anything for it to clip onto. I have a Kenmore quiet guard

Sarah for model number 58715142400
Answer:

Hi Sarah, Thank you for the question, I suggest maybe checking the diagrams for your model number to see if you are missing any parts. There should be a Spray Arm Nut, PartSelect Number PS420799. Then there should be a Base Filter Part Number PS3655066 and then the Filter Ring, Part Number PS420499. These parts should fit all together. Hope this helps!

Question:

The dishwasher door is extremely heavy when lowering to put dishes in. What part would you suggest i need to fix the problem?

Deborah for model number 66513793K603
Answer:

Hi Deborah, Thank you for your inquiry. The door balance link kit is the most likely cause for this, I would also suggest checking your hinges and checking your door springs as well. Good luck with your repair.

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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: Doug from Huntington Beach, CA

Link (string) broke on one side of dishwasher. Causing the door to basically fall down when opened.

Removed the bottom cover plates.
Removed the screws holding in the dishwasher.
Removed old single moving roller and replaced with newly designed double rollers.
Installed link(string).
Replaced other side rollers and link.
Reinstalled dishwaser.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
Customer: Angelo from East Williston, NY

Pulley cable broke on one side of dishwasher and the door was no longer supported when opened

The repair itself was relatively easy. I basically only had to remove the two screws that were securing the diswasher to the cabinetry, disconnected the water line and extended the diswasher out approximately 10 inches. I then replaced the part by hooking the new cable assembly to the spring and using pliers expanded the spring so I could snake the other end of the cable through the pulleys and attach it to the door. The otherside was my guide. This part should be modified to replace the two plastic ends with metal counterparts. This would allow the part to have a longer life especially in my case since the plastic end broke and not the cable itself.

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

Dishwasher door 'spring' broke...heavy door would fall hard when opened.

First we removed the two screws up under the countertop that secured the dishwasher in place. Next we pulled the d/w out from under the counter, having to unplug the power cord and feeding the drain hose into the d/w cavity from under the kitchen sink to allow this. On each side, attached to a metal spring was a nylon cord with plastic attachments that ran through two plastic pullies/wheels. The plastic piece on one of the nylon cords had broken...only on one side, so we were able to just look at the 'good' side to see how to attach and string the repair part through again. We pushed the d/w back in, made sure the drain hose under the kitchen sink wasn't kinked by pulling it back under the sink from the d/w cavity, plugged it in, replaced the two securing screws and were done. The old cord running through the pullies had always creaked when the door was opened, so while the d/w was out, we coated it w/ WD40. Piece-of-cake!

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: WOODBURY from ROCHESTER, NH

Link nylon anchor broke apart

For some reason I wasn't able to pull the dishwasher all the way out. Had my wife with a smaller hands and arms reached in and attached the spring with the link end onto the dishwaster anchor point. I then put on both nylon rollers. The link anchor point and rope went over the upper roller first. I then struggled and managed, with lots of pulling, to get the rope over the lower nylon roller. All went well with reattaching the water and drain lines. Plumbing in tight spaces is made for small people. This old body does not bend like it use too.
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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Don from Dana Point, CA

One side of the door spring link was broken.

I've had to do this repair at least twice before over the last few years so I stand by my original assertion that the door "balance link kit" reflects very poor design. Well, maybe the design would be okay if the materials were not prone to breakage. However, a simpler spring-only mechanism would have been more reliable. The current design uses string embedded in plastic that latches to a hook area for both sides of the door (frame). The string is threaded around a hub and then to a spring that is in turn connected to the chassis at a rather distant point which also adds to the difficulty due to requiring greater access to the dishwasher sides. It would be much better if the repair could be done without necessitating removal of the entire unit from the cabinet cavity first. I noted that this time around there's been a redesign so that the hub is no longer a round fixed knob but now includes a rotatable wheel. So perhaps there'll now be less wear on the strings that with the prior design! -- D.A.D

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: Lance from Angels Camp, CA

Door fell open - link broke

Remove power. Remove drain line from sink. Remove hot water line at connection. Remove 2 screws that hold dishwasher to countertop (on top). Pull dishwasher out. Find spring as it has shot to the back when the nylon cord link broke. Hook Spring back in. Attach cord loop end (hard plastic) to spring. Attach other end to door hook. Now stretch spring to loosen cord and slip around pully system. Push dishwasher back in and rehook all connections.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: Lawrence from Tucson, AZ

Door counterbalance cable broken

Remove two screws on retainer clips holding dishwasher to counter and pulled out dishwasher. Slide new nylon cord mounting clip into slot where old part is located, rethread the cord around pulleys and attach end to spring. Need pliers to pull and stretch spring. This was the hardest part of the job but not very difficult. Push dishwasher back into counter and replace the two screws into the hold down clips under counter top. Whole job took 20 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:
Customer: Caesar from Layton, UT

Broken spring cord for door

First I removed the two screws holding the dishwasher in place. Then I pulled the dishwasher forward from under the counter about 2 feet, attached the new part to the spring and pulley, then pushed the dishwasher back into place and installed screws.
PartSelect was awesome! UPS delivered to the wrong address and Partselect took care of it IMMEDIATELY! I have ordered more parts from them and no problems. I would DEFINATELY recomend them!

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Brian from Boca Raton, FL

The cord that connects the door to a sprink broke.

Once the cord broke, the stainless steel door became very heavy (eventhough the other side cord/spring combo was intact). My order came within days. The repair kit came with two complete sets (left and right sides). The repair was simple. I used the unbroken side as a guide to fix the broken side. I used all parts from the kit. The part of the repair that required time was to disconnect the electric, plumbing and drain lines. In order to pull the diswasher from the cabinet. Just remember to turn the water back on when you are finished!

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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: Richard from Nipomo, CA

Counterbalance spring link broken

I removed the 2 screws that held the dishwasher under the counter. Pulled the dishwasher out and easily replaced the replacement link. I slid the dishwasher back under the counter and replaced the 2 screws. Everything now works as it should

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: John from Pittsburg, CA

Door squeeking right after waranty expired

This kit repaired the loud squeeking immediately. Worth the money because with this kit both wheels turn, so that the loud squeeking door noise wont come back. Dont waste money on the OEM kit.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: JAMES from OXFORD, OH

Broken plastic clip that holds the cord.

Followed instructions on the web video and the paper that came with the part. The spring was very difficult to stretch to hook the cord. Skinned my knuckles and required a helper to get it together.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: David from Austin, TX

Rope break on the door balance system

Pulled the dishwasher out of the cabinet, set the rope with the plastic ends on the spring and lever for the door and pulled the spring into it's holder and returned the washer into the cabinet. I ordered the part on the 27 in the morning and it got here on the 28th in the afternoon. Local part store wanted $40.00 for the same kit and I got it from you at less than 25.00. I also got to skip the service fee which would probably be about 65 dollars.

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Parts Used:
  • Door Balance Link Kit
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Helen from Lake Clarke Shores, FL

String holding dishwasher door in static position broke

Removed screws holding dishwasher to countertop and pulled dishwasher out about a foot from the cabinets. Spring had jumped out of position on one side where door opens and closes. String was broken. Used old string to thread new string onto pulley wheels. did not replace the wheels in the kit since they did not appear to be damaged.

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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: Ronald from Fort Lauderdale, FL

The door tension system failed.

Chronic problem with KitchenAid dishwasher -- the connection between the tensioning spring on each side and the dishwasher door are two cheap twine-and-plastic assemblies. Opening and closing the door stresses the twine, and eventually it breaks on one side or the other. The only way to fix it is to replace the twine-and-plastic assembly, which is really simple to do once the replacement part is received. Takes longer to pull the dishwasher out from under the counter than it does to replace the part. In seven years, this is the fifth time one of these parts has failed.

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