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Manufacturer #: 8194001 /
Manufactured by: Whirlpool /
Fix #: FIX972325
Manufacturer #: 8194001 |
Manufactured by: Whirlpool |
Fix #: FIX972325
Looked at video and followed instructions. Be sure to set the link assembly at correct angle - follow what you see in video. The assembly should be straight up & down, not at an angle. Setting at angle causes too much tension on the nylon cord (cable) and makes the door hard to open and keeping in one position.
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1) Remove screw(s) above dishwasher door that hold dishwasher in place.2) Slide dishwasher out.3) Replace all parts on both left and right sides with parts in kit.4) Note: The replacement parts had upper and lower pullys on the pivot. This is MUCH BETTER than the original parts which only had lower pullys. The problem was the string would wear through at the upper surface of the pivot where it rubbed the plastic. The upper pully fixes this.
By the time the door balance link kit arrived, I had fashioned a "home-made DIY" from strong nylon cord with strong "S" hooks by "trial and error" adjusting the length of the cord and by attaching each end of the cord to the "S" hooks with two half hitches. All cost less than $2. When the $23 Door Balance Link Kit arrived, I stuck it under the dishwasher to use "next time."
Replaced the door balance links and door balance springs by following directions from the PartSelect videos. Didn't know which thing was the problem until we pulled the dishwasher out, so we ordered both parts. Good thing--the door balance link cable was broken and spring no where to be found. There was enough play in the plumbing and wires that we did not have to unhook either to pull the dishwasher out.
Took bottom cover plate off. Shut water off Took water supply line off and pulled dishwasher halfway out. Took old ropes off and unbolted pulley sets on both sides. Bolted both pulley sets on and put rope end on spring and pulled on other end over pulleys and hooked on frame. Very easy job.
Remove dishwasher from cabinet by removing two retaining screws. Remove and replace broken links. Reinsert dishwasher into cabinet ... use care to not damage cabinet to door seal.
Had to disconnect the water first, removed the 2 screws that attached the dishwasher to the countertop, then pulled out from cabinet. replaced the cord with the new one. Push the dishwasher back in place, reattached the water and the 2 screw. Took me about 1/2 hour.
bought a repair kit with hinges and rope replacements for both sides. Replaced both door control ropes
removed kick plate at bottom with two 1/4 nut screws, opened door removed to phillip head securing screw at top just inside door. pulled unit out from under counter approx. 1 foot being careful I did not mess up water hose and exit water hose. Took off old balance wheel mount on impacted side and replaced, using 7/16 nut drive. Back spring was loose, I used long needle nose pliers to rehook the spring, keeping tension on the newly hooked up balance link sting. Ran string under bottom wheel of balance mount, towards front of door, and then over top towards back, and then around top wheel mount hooking it to frame. Moved until back under counter, reinstalled kick plate and top securing screws. Very simple process once you have viewed the video.
The Door Balance Link Kit solved problem of broken cord, which was included in kit. Installation was easy, only needed a nut driver. My main problem was original installation had back wheels and front supports resting on relatively small 1" blocks, making reinstallation difficult. Solution was to place a 1" x 2 1/2" x 21" strips on each side to allow wheels to roll back into position. Made 6" long ramps for each side to facilitate wheels rolling up onto 1" strip. Ramps were removed and stored under machine for future use.
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