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\015 Dishwasher door tension gone.unlatch and will fall all the way open.\015

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Rico,
Mybad... Before I knew the model number I assumed door springs. Now that I know what we're working on (a KitchenAide), I know that it's NOT the springs but the linkage! Cool!

The repair is a little intense, OK? Not so much that you can't handle it, but enough so that it's kind of a pain. You'll first need to pick up (or order) the parts. The part number is 8194001 and lists for about $20 USD. (plug the part number into a search engine) When you have the parts, you're ready to tackle the beast.

Ready?

You'll need to KILL THE POWER TO THE DISHWASHER BEFORE DOING ANYTHING MORE! DO IT AT THE BREAKER IF YOU HAVE TO, OK?

OK. The DW is gonna have to slide out from the cabinet. I generally don't have to pull them out more than like a foot or so. Open the door and remove the 2 screws mounting it to the bottom of the counter top. Then you'll need to remove the "kick panels" near the floor (there are four 1/4" screws holding them in place).

Here's the tricky part... look closely at the water valve (it's mounted just behind the front left leg), what type of water line do you have going into the valve? Is it copper or is it flexible stainless steel braided hose? If it's the flexible stuff, you should be OK. If it's copper then you have to do the following;

Reach under the sink and shut off the hot water valve (the one on the left), then remove the copper line from the DW valve (this is tough to do, btw. Crowfoot wrenches are a life-saver here.) See? The flex hose will come out with the DW and the copper one won't... that's why you have to remove it.

OK... now you gotta start sliding the DW outta the hole. Do this slowly... by inches, don't just **** it outta there 'cause things can get snagged (drain hose, electrical, inlet hose, etc...) so take it easy and watch what you're doing.

After you have it out about a foot, use a flashlight and locate the springs (I BET you that one of the springs and rope are still good... look at that one and see where and how it attaches). Click this link to see a full sized diagram of your DW. Your part is number 24 and the spring is number 18. The spring connects all the way in the back by the rear leg support on the frame.

All ya gotta do now is install the new parts (do both even if one is still intact) and rebuild the unit! I know it sounds all complicated and stuff, but it's really not. It'll probably take you about an hour to get it completed.

There ya go! After you follow these instructions and your DW is happy again, would you please rate this solution as "FixYa"? My "Guru" status is counting on you. :-)

Also... if you have any further questions regarding this repair, don't hesitate to write back. I'll get your post in my email. OK?

SG
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