April 1, 2014

How to replace a dishwasher upper rack height adjuster

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher upper rack height adjuster

This dishwasher repair guide shows how to disassemble and replace the height adjuster on a dishwasher upper rack. The height adjuster lets you raise and lower the dishrack. If a wheel bracket is broken, the dishrack sags on one side. Height adjuster replacement kits contain new adjusters for both sides of the rack. Order the kit based on the wheel color of your original height adjuster. Kit W10712394 has gray wheels and kit W10712395 has white wheels.

This procedure is for Kenmore 665-series, Whirlpool and KitchenAid dishwashers that have adjustable upper dishracks.

Quick links
Tools required
Slot screwdriver
Work gloves
Torx screwdriver
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
How to replace a dishwasher rack height adjuster video.

Replacing a dishwasher rack height adjuster video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Remove the upper dishrack

    Open the track stops on the upper dishrack rails.

    Pull the upper rack from the dishwasher and place it upside down on a work surface.

    Open the dishwasher upper rack track stops.

    Open the dishwasher upper rack track stops.

    Pull out the upper dishrack.

    Pull out the upper dishrack.

  2. 02.

    Release the wheel assembly mounting clips

    Raise the wheels to the maximum height.

    Release the top of the long rear clip from the dishrack tine. Push the clip down to the release point and remove it.

    Press the tab on the front clip, move the clip up and remove it.

    Release the locking tabs on the clip in the middle of the height adjuster and remove the clip.

    Release the long rear clip.

    Release the long rear clip.

    Remove the long rear rack clip.

    Remove the long rear rack clip.

    Press the front clip tab.

    Press the front clip tab.

    Remove the front clip.

    Remove the front clip.

    Release the middle clip locking tabs.

    Release the middle clip locking tabs.

    Remove the middle clip.

    Remove the middle clip.

  3. 03.

    Remove the height adjuster

    Using a slot screwdriver, pry the housing cover down and out to release the upper tabs on each side.

    Pry the bottom of the housing cover out of the 2 lower locking tabs.

    Remove the housing cover.

    Remove the adjuster housing and wheel assembly.

    Repeat this procedure to remove the height adjuster and wheel assembly from the other side of the dishrack.

    Pry out the top cover tabs.

    Pry out the top cover tabs.

    Release the bottom cover tabs.

    Release the bottom cover tabs.

    Remove the cover.

    Remove the cover.

  4. 04.

    Install the new wheel assembly

    Slide the vertical portion of the new wheel assembly between the 4th set of vertical tines (from the back of the dishrack) and rotate the wheel assembly so that it lays flat against the side of the dishrack.

    Insert a positioner clip above the rear wheel and snap tab above the wheel into the positioner clip slot.

    Install a positioner clip on the front wheel in the same manner.

    Position the new wheel assembly on the dishrack.

    Position the new wheel assembly on the dishrack.

    Install the clips.

    Install the clips.

  5. 05.

    Install the new adjuster body

    Position the new adjuster body over vertical portion of the wheel assembly and push the vertical portion into the adjuster body slots. Locking tabs at the bottom of the adjuster body engage the wheel assembly once it's fully inserted in the tabs.

    Insert the actuator lever into the adjuster body with the thumb pad facing the front of the rack. Two half-circle cutouts on the adjuster body hold the actuator in place.

    Push the adjuster body against the inside of the vertical dishrack tines and install the adjuster cover. Engage the top tab of the adjuster cover in the slot at the top of the adjuster body. Push the adjuster cover against the adjuster body and engage the locking tab at the bottom of the cover. Install the adjuster cover mounting screws.

    Install the new adjuster body.

    Install the new adjuster body.

    Insert the actuator assembly lever.

    Insert the actuator assembly lever.

    Install the adjuster cover.

    Install the adjuster cover.

    Install the screws.

    Install the screws.

  6. 06.

    Install the height adjuster on the opposite side

    Install the new height adjuster and wheel assembly on the opposite side of the dishrack.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the dishrack in the dishwasher

    Push the upper dishrack onto its tracks.

    Close the track stops on the dishwasher rails.

    Reinstall the dishrack in the dishwasher.

    Reinstall the dishrack in the dishwasher.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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Main causes: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems
Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main causes: not using rinse aid, rinse aid dispenser failure, broken heating element, malfunctioning vent, drying fan failure
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem

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