I took the cover off of the chopper assembly. Should the chopper blade turn freely or is it designed to not turn during cleaning?
Answer Hello Kelvin,
The chopper 8268383 should be turnable but it will not turn freely since it is attached to the motor on the backside. You should remove it and make sure the assembly is not damaged. If there are a lot of food particles on the screen it has most certainly failed.
Followed online tutorial on dishwasher because dishes were not clean. All went well until reassembly. The chopper assembly is making horrible noise when running dishwasher. Is there a trick to getting the chopper assembly back in correct position? Additionally, it does seem chopper assembly is in good condition,
Answer Dora, Yes, there are several things to check and verify when you replace the chopper screen and blade. When you removed the original screen, you need to check the tabs in the cenetr of the impeller 8193951 (black area) make sure the tabs are not damaged or worn. The tabs on the back side of the chopper blade/screen have to engage the tabs on the impeller, in order to drive the blade and cut up the soft food particles. You also need to check and make sure there is nothing inside the impeller housing, that will create a noise as well. The screen and chopper blade do have to be installed properly and then the protector 8531857 needs to be installed after you're sure the screen and blade are installed and engaged the tabs of the impeller.
My dishwasher is not cleaning as well as it used to. I have removed the chopper screen a couple of time and found it plugged with food. Do these tend to wear out or do i have a bigger problem?
Answer Hello Diy,
The chopper screen should never stop up with food particles. If it has, the chopper assembly 8268383 should be replaced. This is not a part that should have to be cleaned out since the blade should ride against it and the water flow should wash away the particles.
How can I tell if I have reassembled the chopper assembly properly, before I reinstall it?
Answer Mina, The "chopper" blade, is on one side of the screen. On the opposite side of the screen it should have the washer the spring, then the tqabbed end of the drive shaft, You should be able to move the shaft and chopper blade in and out of the screen. The tabbed end of the shaft assembly will be inserted into the pump housing, so the tabs alighn and meet the tabs in the center of the impeller, you'll need to slide the screen assembly into the housing at a slight angle with the smaller portion of the screen down towards the bottom of the housing. Then install the housing inlet protector to hold the screen in position.
Hi, Can the chopper assembly be installed assembled on the "drive shaft" with the retainer clip on or do you have to put the drive shaft in first, then the screen followed by the impeller, washers and retainer clip? thanks
Answer Bob, Once you remove the accumulator and volute you can remove the chopper and screen. The chopper blade is "spring loaded" if you pull out and hold the chopper blade, you should be able to lift the screen and chopper assembly up and out of the sump. Reverse the procedure and test the machine for operation. Just be careful with the blade and the edge of the screen.
My chopper blades turn freely on the shaft when the spring is fully extended (when the blade is pressed against the stop washer at the end of the shaft). At that point on the shaft, it is rounded so the blade spins freely on the shaft. Only when the spring is depressed and the blade slides down the shaft does it engage on the flat edges of the shaft and lock onto the shaft for turning. Is this normal behavior or has the end of my chopper shaft been worn/rounded down due to some blockage?
Answer Henry, When the assembly is in it's "relaxxed" / normal position, the chopper blade should be against the screen, and the tabs on the chopper blade shaft end will engage the tabs on the inside center of the impeller, this will "drive" the chopper blade to maserate the garbage. If there should be something in the chamber that cannot be "chopped" the chopper blade will move forward, and disengage the tabs on the impeller, to reduce damage to the impeller, and chopper assemblies. You'll need to remove the motor assembly W10239404 and check the tabs in the center of the impeller for damage.