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Maytag dishwasher upper spray arm assembly/heated wash?

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Maytag model WC202, serial 645309 RA.

Found upper spray arm sitting on top of dishes in top rack. Found matching blue plastic "cross nut" (for lack of better term) in bottom of tub. Used cross nut to secure spray arm to upper water jet.

Questions:


  • •Is any additional hardware required? O-rings, washers, spacers? The other day the pump made crunching noises while draining; wondering if it could've chewed up a broken washer or spacer.
    •Unable to determine from wiring diagram taped inside outer door panel if pulling timer knob to select heated dry also activates heating element to give heated wash. Anyone know?
    •Would like to know approx age of unit. Can someone help decode serial number?

Thanks.

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Are you referring to the part, 9-11536?

Looks like the spray arm sits on a couple o-rings.

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No, that is the lower wash arm. The one in question now is the upper wash arm, above the top rack.

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Hello again, my slanty friend.  So, we meet here in the Kitchen forum.  It is a small world indeed!

Please forgive our dear and gracious host, Samurai Appliance Repair Man, for mis-reading your original post.  Undoubtedly, he still suffers from the effects of fighting with the Mujahideen here in Afghanistan in helping us to repel the Soviet infidel invaders while he worked as an independent contractor for your Ameedican CIA during the 80's:  the gun fights, the bombings, the poppy fields, the women, the camels... oh! the camels!

Now, what were we talking about?  Oh yes: your dishwasher upper spray arm.  Perhaps this diagram will more ably assist you.

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Moostafa, hi. It's no surprise we should meet here; my laundry room is right next to the kitchen!

Thanks for the diagram. P/N 9-11861 appears to be the plastic cross-nut I found in the bottom of the tub and used to reattach the upper spray arm. It doesn't appear there're any washers or anything there, just the cross-nut. Thanks for your help!

(Any thoughts on the other two questions?)

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Hi Dan,

Moostafa is very skilled in all things technical. For example, he gets online via an old US Army portable satellite uplink transmitter using an old iMAC powered by a camel dung and lime juice battery that he designed himself. So he knows his way around technology.

If one were to judge him based on his present life situation, you would be deceived-- he lives in a tent in the Afghani mountains with his four wives and 17 children, raising camels and yaks. But this conceals the fact that Moostafa was a very valuable CIA asset for many years during the Soviet invasion for Afghanistan and I had the priviledge of fighting along side him. Clever technician, fearless warrior, tireless partier... my old friend Moostafa was all this and more.

Today, however, Moostafa is an elderly gentleman in retirement with lots of time on his hands for reminiscing about the glory days of this past. And you know how time can re-shape memories, especially while chewing on poppy flowers that grow wild all around his grazing land. So, you can take Moostafa's technical advice to the bank but dump the rest of his rambling right in the toilet where they belong.

Now, on to your other questions.

Post your wiring diagram here so I can feast my Vulcan squinties lovingly upon it.

As for the age of your dishwasher, if you've reported the serial number correctly, then it was built in January, 1986.

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I stand in awe of Moostafa. Here I thought I was clever, connecting via a Commodore VIC-20 hooked up with home-drawn wire (made out of copper I smelted atop my stove -- I insulated it with overlapping ant thoraces) to an old Admiral 21" black-and-white television set, and the whole shemozzle powered by a team of 73 vigourous young stoats running atop a belt sander being used as a generator. But I'm not in an exotic place like Afghanistan, so Moostafa has definitely got me beat.

I'll retrieve that wiring diagram next time I'm in there, scan it and post it. Thanks for the serial number decode. This dishwasher has racks that are from another planet (where they put plates up top and glasses down below -- the heathens!) but it works very well.

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"""but dump the rest of his rambling right in the toilet where they belong. """"    How boring would this forum be without the colorful, if off beat and slightly weird, ramblings from the wonderful Moostafa, I look forward to each and every post to see how outrageous the new one is from the last.  Keep posting your slightly bent tales and help make the day fun.....:P

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[user=1]Samurai Appliance Repair Man[/user] wrote:

Post your wiring diagram here so I can feast my Vulcan squinties lovingly upon it.

Here 'tis. Looking again at this, it seems to me that the heating element is not active except during drying, so no self-heating water. Any easy way to change this so that self-heating water is possible?

Thanks DS

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Depends on the type of heater.  Is it the calrod type in the basin or is it inside a blower chute, designed to heat air? 

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There is a calrod type element in the bottom of the tub.

This dishwasher does have a blower, but as far as I know its only function is to exhaust moist air from the tub through the door during the dry cycle.

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