Begin: Access the filter
Open the front door of the dishwasher or pull the drawer open, depending on model. Pull the bottom dish rack as far from the inside of the dishwasher as possible.
The Coarse Filter Cup
Locate the coarse filter cup. The coarse filter cup is responsible for capturing larger debris before it is filtered by the mesh filter screen.
Twist the small cap on top of the filter cup counterclockwise. Lift the filter from the bottom of the Kenmore dishwasher.
Mesh Screen Filter
Look for the rectangular opening on the bottom of the inside of the dishwasher. The mesh filter is concealed beneath the small panel.
Remove the screws around the perimeter of the panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the panel and pull the screen from the opening.
Clean the mesh filter with water and detergent but do not scrub the screen. The fine mesh can be damaged or worn thin by coarse cleaners.