Maytag dishwasher repair
Posted 29 October 2005 - 08:51 AM
Posted 03 November 2005 - 07:28 AM
Posted 03 November 2005 - 06:47 PM
Posted 13 November 2005 - 05:09 AM
Just a few weeks later, I've discovered I'm a maytag issue veteran as well. I discovered this thing online, and your help looked promising. I got a new handle (i have the MDB8600AWW and I got part 99002597; i noticed some folks talking about part 2580?? i'm in canada... this is what they told me is the right part; anyway, it does look like the one the picture posted here).
For the life of me though... you guys must be super talented, cause I just cannot get this thing to go on. it's unreal! :X
I tried using channel locks like someone had suggested. It gets much closer for sure, but no cigar. I can manage to get the small inside tabs in place, but I can't seem to rotate it to get the big ones in place - they won't go past the outside edges of the plastic assembly. I assume this is the right position, because I can see the way the edges of both the latch handle and the assembly are tapered in this position, as though they want to meld together.
I'm doing all this with the assembly in place, with the door [pretending] to be closed (yes, with the power on... i know iknow.. already verified that
ANY further help (pardon my density) would be appreciated. I have the door unscrewed open and the handle there - just tooooo close to call the repair guy.
If it would be easier to discuss on the phone, I'd be happy to call someone as well to discuss on my coin of course. Either call or further notes here would be super appreciated.
Wanna-be-loney-maytag-guy with my problem solved
Posted 13 November 2005 - 05:51 AM
I'm in Canada, too, and can't remember if my parts numbers matched those, but the photos are exactly what they looked like anyway. By the way, if it makes you feel better? I "tested" the current to the door handle TWICE before realizing I should flip the breaker. Furthermore, my display panel now says my dishes are permanently "Clean" thanks to my mangling of the metals tabs that complete the circuit in the door. You know the ones I mean having now completed the circuit with your hand...
Posted 13 November 2005 - 03:16 PM
thks for your reply.
i felt a bit more motivated with your encouragement. i gave it a shot again - this time, turning off the power first.
try as i might. it seems impossible! rrrrrrrrrrrrr. i even took the latch assemply completely off the
door. that didn't seem to make it any easier. maybe i'm missing something.
did any of you actually cut the ends of the plastic knobs. (the ones spaced further apart) ?
i wondered if the point was to trim those a bit, then use the metal tabs, and push them in to
position in place of the plastic. (otherwise, what are they for?).
still not working... fretting at calling the maytag guy
Posted 13 November 2005 - 03:48 PM
Now ignore the door and place the assembly over the accuator/hooky thing fixed to the roof of the washer. Then follow the previous steps to squeeze the edges and force the tabs into place while the assembly is still ON the accuator.
When they finally go, you will be able to click the assembly on and off the accuator/hook thingy as though there was an imaginary door surrounding it. OK, you can screw it back onto the door now.
The latch's metal extensions are there to add strength the plastic knobs which, once again, don't seem like they'll go -- but will if you squeeze the assembly edges hard enough.
Posted 13 November 2005 - 03:53 PM
Posted 18 November 2005 - 12:16 PM
I followed the advice to latch the assembly in place. I didn't have channel locks, but I had a pair of vice grips that opened up enough to squeeze the sides in and still lock. I started with the left outer pin, then pushed until the inner pins got into their groove, then really applied steady force by hand to get that last right-hand outer pin to slide into place. Whew!
I would never have known about getting the assembly in locked position, using a tool to sqeeze the latch mechanism, or had enough confidence that applying the force needed would not break the part -- had it not been for all your kind help.
Thanks again! :cool:
Posted 21 November 2005 - 05:26 AM
I haven't had a chance to reply... a little busy with life stuff on this end, but wanted to follow up and say thks to all you folks. I finally did it, and once I had it in my head, it was a 30 sec job. I couldn't believe it (after the door is already disassembled that is). I learned a few things throughout though...
1. It's quite difficult to install the new latch with the assembly mounted in place on the dishwasher, because there's no support behind it. You push - it moves with you. It's imperative to take it off and do it on the counter.
2. power - turning off the breaker makes things a little less worriesome. As someone posted, you do risk damaging your dishwasher (and of course you too, but... ya know...
3. actuator - if you don't have an extra one... I took a pair of scissors, spread em, and emluated an actuator, and was able to get it to door closed position easily. Just pushed through where the actuator would normally go. This position makes it so easy to install the latch (as someone posted above).
4. channel locks - i was in rona one day and just bought these cause I thought they'd be good to have - what an investment. You can easily squeeze the thing thing atop the counter with these.
5. finally, so you have it squeezed together and the latch in the 'closed' position atop the counter. I found it very easy to put the two inner nips in the little slot, and then just take one hand and snap it down in place (other hand squeezing the channel locks). As per my eariler comment, having it sitting atop the counter gives you a nice firm surface to push against when popping the latch into place - no risk to snap something else off.
p.s. - i also bought a spare - i.e. - 2, when i bought the replacement part. For 6$, call me gun shy.
You guys are great! Thks so much for the info - this forum is super. Hope these comments help the next DIYer!
Posted 05 January 2006 - 05:07 PM
Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:06 PM
when you replaced the handle, did you first unplug your dishwasher or turn off the power to the breaker?
if it worked before, and doesn't work now, it sounds a lot like you may have shorted something during your repair and caused something to burn.
when you were doing it, did you at any time feel a shock? bbbbzzzzzzzzzzzz that sort of thing?
what you could do is (first turn the breaker power off), take yer door apart again.
take the panel off. look for obvious signs of electrical damage - i.e. - scorches - brown marks on the white plastic, or an obvious damaged discrete component. you can take a multimetre and probe what's accessible and hopefully find something.
when you say you try to select, but nothing happens, have you actually pushed and tried the functionality? i say this, because it may be the case that you accidentally just toasted the LED indicators lights, but not the functionality itself.
Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:30 PM
Otherwise, no, it doesn't sound good. Sounds like you're getting into mysterious world electrical devices rather wrench and screwdriver territory.
As previously admitted, though, I'm far from a handy guy and that was just my guestimate on the inner workings of that panel.
Posted 06 February 2006 - 05:14 PM
Found the part at repairclinic...
(first replacement came from maytag while under warrantee)
bought two... figuring that it will break yet again
(what a terrible design).
I am surprised (and have been given hope) when someone earlier said they had a part made of metal?!? Maybe next time.
I followed the large tab first directions and it worked fine... Had to use a little effort to snap on the big tabs..
then had to lift the handle a little to get the smaller tabs into place.
Works great, cept that the outer molding of the washer door is now cracked because we've been heaving on the broken handle for so long.
Any easy fixes for that?
Posted 10 February 2006 - 08:38 AM
Thanks everyone for the help!!!
Posted 19 February 2006 - 05:01 PM
Hi there I to found it easier to put the handle with the small nibbs in first then the two larger nibbs second.
I used a pair of vice grips to squueze the sides of the T assembly. Vise gribs are the best tool in my opinon because they lock into place freeing your hands for pushing in the large nibbs.
Also don't be to afraid to squeeze the T assembly with alittle force with the vise gribs as this is the key to installing the handle.
Posted 26 February 2006 - 10:10 AM
Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!
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