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jaholden 11-09-2007 08:07 AM

Question about how to install detergent lid spring.
Recently the pin that holds the detergent lid open on the inside of the door broke. I ordered a new pin, spring and lid so I could repair. I installed all three pieces but the door does not pop open and stay open as it should. I have not been able to figure out the trick for situating the spring so that it does its job. I have seen all of the diagrams but nothing that details the actual installation steps. Please help if you can.

ksolnit 11-19-2007 09:16 AM

Installing detergent lid spring
I had the same problem, had to replace a defective spring. The trick is putting it all back together with the spring in the right place. I ended up going to Sears to see how it looked in a new machine (luckily they still had ONE model with the same detergent dispenser!).

If you're not sure which way the spring goes, remember that the spring should compress (coil) when the detergent door is closed, and uncoil when it snaps open.

What I finally figured out to reassemble, that worked:
1) Put the spring and pin on the detergent door, with the spring coiled so the top side of the coils point back (toward the detergent cup)
2) Snap the pin back into its slots, with the spring's square center tab toward the matching base in the dishwasher door
3) GENTLY lift one side of the pin up again, so you have room to use a small screwdriver to push the free end of the spring into the detergent lid, then press the pin back in
4) Repeat (3) with the other side of the pin, and the other end of the spring.

(Sorry if this isn't clear without pictures, I don't have any.)

bapcast 11-28-2009 11:30 AM

Detergent lid spring picture
Thanks to the previous poster for the instructions. With your instructions and a photo of my parents' dishwasher, I was able to install a new spring. I was tired of setting a timer to add the detergent. I wanted to share my photo

benj55 12-08-2009 09:16 PM

Worked great! Thanks!
The above instructions plus the picture helped me figure out how to get this darn little spring seated properly. Now the detergent door pops open as it should. Thanks mucho!

len10ten 12-26-2009 08:28 PM

Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you! the picture and the description were both helpful. The use of the phillips head was also a key.

I fixed it!

charsmit 01-05-2010 07:02 PM

Good explanation
Thanks for the explanation and the photo. I think I can get that booger installed now.

bradleyjere 08-05-2010 08:41 PM

Another way...
I tried the above instructions and did not have any success. I had an idea and it worked really good for me so I thought I would share it!

The trick is, you need to install the pin with the spring before you do anything with the lid. Then you can use a rubber band to coil the spring and hold it in place while you snap the lid onto the pin.

Here are my instructions:

1. Make sure the spring is in the correct orientation (see photo above)and that the pin is fully inserted through both holes on the door.

2. Thread a rubber band between the pin and the washer door and leave yourself a nice sized loop sticking up. You are going to "lasso" the two ends of the spring with this loop.

2. Rotate the spring so that the two little points are up in the air. The flat part of the spring will not be pushing into the groove. You do not want there to be any tension in the spring at this time.

3. Use this loop to go around both of the little ends of the spring that are sticking up in the air.

4. Pull on the rubber band so the flat part of the spring rests in the groove and you will pull the two spring ends around to the other side of the pin. This is where you have added the coil tension to the spring.

5. Keep tension on the rubber band with one hand and make sure the pin stays fully engaged in both holes while you grab the lid with your other hand.

6. Position the lid so the little ends of the spring are inside the little recess in the middle of the lid. Note: You might want to snap the first lid hinge onto the pin at this point. It will help to keep the lid in place while you work.

7. Snap the rest of the lid hinges onto the pin (4 snap points in all) while making sure that the spring ends stay captured in the recess.

8. Everything should be in place now. Let the tension off the rubber band and the lid should go to the open position.

9. Cut the rubber band by the spring and pull it free. It should be wedged into the spring coil and a little difficult to pull out so cut it as close to the coil as possible so you are not pulling a long length of rubber band through it. A razor blade works well for this.

10. You are done! Test the lid to make sure you can close it and that it snaps to the open position when you release the mechanism.

I hope this is helpful to you and easier that the above method.

bapcast 08-06-2010 03:55 PM

The rubber band lasso is very clever!

One other tip. When I finally go this to work, I discovered that I could squish and scrunch the spring much more aggressively than I first thought. Trying to delicately pull the ends into position made it much harder.

parselysage 08-21-2011 10:37 PM

Thanks so much!!!
When My hubby is away, I can't sleep so I do things w/o taking away his man card... Like fix the dishwasher :-) My spring just slipped out of place.

Thank you so much for the rubber band lasso Idea. My dishwasher is now snapping open again. I had trouble feeding the rubber band past the post but using a twist tie as a needle threader did the job! :)

jrmigs 03-13-2012 05:31 PM

Using the picture above, position the spring on the horizontal post (about 3" plastic pin) with the center spring loop facing back and the spring ends pointing up. Carefully lower the door (as if it were fully closed) over the spring ends. Press the lid firmly on each side, snapping it onto the post. Open the door, check to see that the spring ends are properly held inside the door. With a small flat screwdriver, simply pull the spring loop up and over the small catch - voila!

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