How to Remove the Motor From a Kenmore Dishwasher


The Kenmore dishwasher has three motors located on the sump plate. To learn how to remove the motor from a Kenmore dishwasher you must take out the sump. Once the sump is out of the way, you will have access to the diverter motor, drain motor and wash motor.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Towel
  • Nut driver
  • Disconnect the power to the Kenmore dishwasher by turning the circuit breaker off inside the home's electrical panel.

  • Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws that secure the access panel and toe panel to the bottom of the dishwasher. Pull each panel away from the dishwasher, and set them aside.

  • Use a pair of pliers to squeeze together the compression clamp on the drain hose where it connects to the drain outlet under the dishwasher. Pull the hose off the drain outlet, and use a towel to clean any water that remains.

  • Disconnect the wiring harness from the drain pump. The harness is connected with a locking tab that you press in with your fingers, and then pull the connector apart.

  • Press in the locking tab behind the water pump, and rotate the water pump 90 degrees counterclockwise. When the pump is released from the dishwasher, pull it out and set it aside.

  • Locate the three plastic tabs on the sump underneath the dishwasher. The sump plate has the three motors attached. A locking tab is located by each of the motors to lock the sump onto the Kenmore dishwasher. Rotate each tab ¼ turn to unlock the sump from the dishwasher.

  • Open the dishwasher door, and remove both of the dish racks. Locate the spray arm retainer directly under the spray arm. Rotate the retainer counterclockwise to disconnect the spray arm, and remove it from the dishwasher.

  • Push down on the lower wash filter, and rotate it counterclockwise to release it from the dishwasher. After the lower filter has been removed, the upper filter can be lifted straight out as well.

  • Use a screwdriver to remove the screw that secures the cover sleeve to the sump plate inside the dishwasher. Make a mental note of the location of the protruding pin in the tab of the cover sleeve and diverter disc. This will help later when reinstalling components.

  • Lift the diverter disc straight up and off of the center post of the sump plate.

  • Reach under the dishwasher, and push up on the sump plate to separate the sump from the dishwasher tub bottom. Lift up the sump plate from inside the dishwasher, and prop it up so you can access the wire connectors.

  • Press in on the locking tabs of each of the wiring harnesses connected to the motors on the sump plate. Pull each one apart to remove them from the sump plate. Pull the sump plate assembly out of the dishwasher after disconnecting all wiring harnesses.

  • Use a screwdriver to remove the two securing screws from the diverter motor. The diverter motor can now be lifted off and removed from the sump plate.

  • Use a nut driver to remove the securing bolts on the drain motor and wash motor. Disconnect the hoses from each motor, and remove the motors from the sump plate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect electrical power from appliances before attempting repairs.

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