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How to Remove the Lower Arm From a Kenmore 665 Dishwasher

The Kenmore 665 dishwasher is actually a line of dishwashers sold by Sears under the Kenmore brand. There are a number of different models in the line, with varying capacities and cleaning features. One thing all of these dishwashers have in common is a lower arm that helps in cleaning the dishes. Occasionally these arms can malfunction, causing the dishwasher to become nonfunctional. The first step in replacing this component is to remove the lower arm.

  1. Turn off the power for the Kenmore 665 dishwasher. As this dishwasher is most likely hard-wired into your home's circuit, the best way to do this is to cut off the electricity for the dishwasher at the main circuit breaker. Inside the main breaker panel, there should be a circuit map, or the switches should be labeled with information about which circuits they control. Move the switch that controls the dishwasher to the "Off" position.
  2. Open up the Kenmore 665 dishwasher door. Pull the lower dishwasher rack out of the machine.
  3. Look for the cap on top of the lower arm. Insert the edge of a flat-bladed screwdriver in between the bottom of the cap and the top of the sprayer arm. Gently pry the top of the cap off the sprayer arm.
  4. Remove the sprayer arm bolt with a socket wrench. Use an extension, if needed.
  5. Grasp the lower arm firmly, and gently pull upward to slide it off the dishwasher hub.

Things You Will Need

  • Flat-bladed screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set
  • Socket extension

Warning

  • The steps listed here are only a guideline. Follow the specific instructions for your Kenmore model when removing the lower arm.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.