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Old 04-10-2009, 09:58 AM
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Model Number: DU840SWLT0   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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My dishwasher pump is leaking at the point where the motor shaft enters the pump housing assembly. It leaks when the washer is in the wash and drain cycle. I think it might be the seal seat. Can anyone tell me how difficult it is to disassemble the housing assembly and if you think I am right about the seal. Thanks


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If there is nothing wrong with the motor itself then you probably can fix the leak by replacing the impeller and seal kit (#9 on the diagram). Most of the time it's not possible to unscrew the mounting disk (#10) and it has to be chiseled out, so it's better to order it together with the seal kit.

You have to remove the dishwasher from the cabinet. Unscrew the nut (#10 on the diagram) and remove the lower spray arm. Carefully put the dishwasher on its back (be prepared for some water on the floor) and remove all clamps and nuts holding the pump. Remove the hoses and pull the pump assembly out.

- The part number for the impeller & seal kit is AP3108052

- The part number for the mounting disk is AP2909490

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Thanks Gene, and great tip about ordering the mounting disk along with the seal kit. I have followed these instructions on my Roper WU5750B0, and have chiseled out my mounting disk. Now what? What part should come off next, and how?
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The next part should be the impeller. Most of the time it's hard to remove it too. You have to break it in pieces, but be very careful not to damage the pump body. The rest should come off easy. Unscrew the four screws holding the pump to the motor and take the pump out. Clean the motor shaft from rust using a fine file or a sand paper. Make sure the new motor shaft seal (#8 on the diagram) moves smooth along the shaft.

Assemble in the reversed order. Good luck.

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Hello - the advice above is very helpful. I have a question.

I've got my replacement impeller/seal kit - exact match! - and I'm reassembling. The impeller (#9 in the diagram) and the "seal/spring assembly" (#8) are no-brainers. However, from the diagram I can't tell which way the little washer (#7) goes onto the shaft. It looks to be made of ceramic or plastic, and has a rubber grommet covering one side... does the rubber face toward the pump housing, or toward the impeller?

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What is the complete model number of the dishwasher?

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Gene, it's a SUD4000HQ0 ("Kirkland by Whirlpool").

The pump/motor drawings (low-resolution) look EXACTLY like the pieces/parts of my dishwasher.

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The part you called "little washer" is actually the seal. The rubber part of it should go inside the pump housing all the way in. Moisturizing the rubber part of the seal can help to do it. Be very careful not to damage the ceramic part as well as the black ring on the shaft seal which goes on top of that seal.

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Yes, I disconnected the motor and pulled it, so I could clean up the shaft before putting it all back together.

I guess I'll have to get my flashlight out and see where that O-ring seal thing goes; sounds like it "seats" in the pump housing. And if I understand correctly, when it's installed the "rubber side" will be against the housing, with the "ceramic side" facing out - toward the shaft seal and impeller.) After I busted up the old impeller getting it out, I just didn't pay enough attention to how the old seal was positioned.

(That 2-inch hole makes it challenging for my 5-inch hands... but if I can git 'er done and avoid buying the whole assembly... or a whole new dishwasher!... it'll be time and effort well spent.)

Your expert advice is appreciated.

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...And if I understand correctly, when it's installed the "rubber side" will be against the housing, with the "ceramic side" facing out - toward the shaft seal and impeller...
Yes, you are absolutely right.

You are welcome and good luck with your dishwasher. Keep us posted.

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