Model #KDI61 KITCHENAID Dishwasher

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Kitchenaid hobart dishwasher

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

I see the image of the motor you posted on another web site forum and by looking at the motor; the lower motor housing will likely never come off without damage. Even if the motor was new and not corroded as yours, the lower case would not likely be removable. The motor is no designed or assembled for servicing. Your best solution is to replace the motor along with the impeller and impeller water seals. 

You can view, look up and order parts at Searspartsdirect.com for this older Kitchen Aide/Hobart dishwasher model KDI-61 however the motor is no longer available.

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.


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Joey S -
Sears Technician
August 29, 2013
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Hello, and thank you for responding. I also posted on "automaticwashers.org", but got a different answer than yours. So, not sure what to do now, as a fellow there said it can come off. After taking the 4 long screws off the motor casing/housing, it does turn to the left and right about an inch, but still feels like there is something holding it, like another screw or bolt needs undoing, though there is nothing else to undo from the bottom. The machine still runs fine, so it's more a preventative/cosmetic measure at the moment I'm trying to address, just to get that gunk off. If I can't get it off, would have suggestions how to clean it without damaging anything? And on another topic, I'm also looking for opinions about lubricating the timer. Any thought on that? Thank you. Tom.

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Tom -
August 29, 2013
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Tom: The motor case is made of a metal that will corrode if the pump seals have been leaking for a period of time. Your best bet is to put the screws back in and leave the motor as it is before damage the stator or rotor. The is likely a bearing at the end of the motor shaft which is likely pressed in the bottom of the motor housing preventing you from removing the lower case. Trying anything other than a wire brush to clean the motor will likely promote more corrosion. I would work on resolving the water leak. As far as lubricating the timer, I do not recommend it. Lubricating the timer could cause issues.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
August 29, 2013
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Sorry or late reply. I will not attempt to take motor housing off, instead cleaned out as much as I could using a small toothbrush, although couldn't get to where I see the base of a center shaft. Should I put some sewing machine oil where that shaft connects to the housing? And could you tell me where the stator and rotor are that you mentioned, and anything I should look for regarding possible damage to them and/or how they should function properly? I believe I found the leak coming from the left sided black hose where it attaches to the underside of the tub, next to the motor. I managed to pull it up slightly from inside the tub, and wrapped plumbers white tape under the lip, then pushed back into place, so hopefully that'll work. Please let me know what you think about all I've done. Thank you.

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Tom -
September 04, 2013
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Tom: To begin with, the stator is the windings inside the motor housing and the armature and shaft spins inside the stator windings. The motor cannot be lubricated because you cannot get to the bearing/bushings without the motor being disassembled. Again, the motor was not assembled so it can be taken apart later. You have done all you can without replacing the motor and associated parts used to keep water from migrating down the motor shaft and replacing the leaking hose.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
September 04, 2013
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Ok. Thank you for that. Hopefully it'll last awhile for me.

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Tom -
September 04, 2013
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