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We have a 10 yr Kenmore Elite Dishwasher in our winter home so in reality has only about 5 yrs worth of wear that all of a sudden the lock on light comes on and it will not operate we have tried holding the switch in for 4 seconds but does not help we turned the breaker off and back on washer worked for a few minutes but then shut off...Please advise


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The most common type of door interlock is a heater operated delay \015\012lock, which\015\012is why some machines take a time for the door to release. So make sure \015\012you have\015\012waited a minimum of 2 minutes before you open these or conclude that \015\012they are\015\012faulty. This type of interlock cannot be repaired and quite simply have \015\012to be\015\012broken loose from behind the front cabinet, and replaced. With the power\015\012isolated you need to remove the top cover and put your hand down behind \015\012the\015\012front panel to where the door lock is located (directly behind the hole \015\012where\015\012the door catch enters the cabinet). The door catch then has to be prised\015\012 away\015\012from the front of the cabinet until the door opens or the interlock \015\012breaks.
\015\012Some machines will not let you open the door if the machine has water\015\012 in it,\015\012or the drum is turning, so first make sure the water has been emptied \015\012from the\015\012drum, then check the mechanism which detects the motion of the drum. \015\012This motion\015\012detector can be attached to the motor or the drum pulley, and is a \015\012mechanically\015\012operated lever attached to the door lock by a cable.
\015\012If there is resistance to the cable being shortened then the door \015\012will open,\015\012however if the cable offers no resistance the door will not open. The \015\012mechanism\015\012on the motor or drum pulley consist of a lever with a ****** assembly at\015\012 the\015\012end. The lever is pulled towards the belt when you try to open the door.\015\012 The\015\012****** at the end of the lever is at right angles to the belt and is \015\012what\015\012provides the resistance to the cable, but if the belt is moving the \015\012****** gets\015\012pushed to one side and the cable has a fuller range of movement, hence \015\012offers no\015\012resistance for the door to open. Sometimes the ****** assembly can break\015\012 and\015\012needs to be replaced, otherwise it is just a matter of adjusting so \015\012there is a\015\012miniscule gap between it and the belt.
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