Clean the filter and garburator on a kenmore 66513229k601 dishwasher so it stops leaving food particles on the dishes

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Introduction

Hello VisiHow.com. Today I am going to show you how to clean out the filter in the bottom of your Kenmore dishwasher. This is model number 655.13229K601. Now, the first thing you are going to notice, if you need your filter cleaned, is that your dishes are going to come out and they seem to always have some residue or little pieces of food left on them. And you might be thinking "I need to change my dishwasher". But the reality is that they tell you, when you buy these dishwashers, that they come with a mini-garburator in them. But the reality is that they actually just come with a filter that gets clogged up and they don't tell you about that. So today, I am going to show you how to get this done.

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    The first thing you have to do is get the little tab off the top.
    You may need to get some pliers. You have to turn the tab clockwise. Once you get the tab off, lift the top part off.
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    The next thing you have to do is look at the part immediately underneath and see if it's clogged up.
    In my case, they are not. Look in all the holes to see if they're clogged up.
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    The next one we have to do is we have to get the white part out, so I'm going to lift this tab here, so that the bottom part can slide out a bit.
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    Then you need to turn the white tab so that this part comes out.
    It's a little bit tricky, but I have it up enough that I can start lifting now. See how it's coming out on one side? You have to get it out on the other side too. You don't want to bust the piece, so take care with it.
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    Next I can take the middle piece out of there.
    Look inside the hole to see if there is any debris. In my case it's clear.
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    The next thing you're going to have to do is undo the screws here, to get in and underneath.
    I've gone ahead and gotten myself just a dollar store screwdriver. In my case, and probably in yours too, if you look closely these are star type bits. It's not a regular star, it's more like a flat - I don't know what you'd call that, but I found one and a lot of sets have this type, so you have to get that type of screw-head. I'm going to just unscrew these screws now. Hopefully yours come up as easily as mine.
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    And now we can try to move the main piece a little bit to get it off.
    It might take a little bit of effort to get this to come out. You can take this whole thing off now.
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    And look what I found underneath - I've got a bone stuck in here.
    So I need to work getting that bone out, that's probably affecting operations. Make sure everything is clear down in here. You see down in here is where everything collects. I have some kind of gooey thing in here. I don't know what that is but there's another piece that was holding it back. And another bone... lots of bones. Somebody thought this was a bone garburator. I'm sure you'll have your own collection of goodies in here. Some more bone and some gunk. Let me look in here and see what's going on.
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    You may have to get something like a knife and be really careful or a fork to pry this out.
    I've got it here - the bone's coming out with my finger. See how all that stuff is blocking the water flow. Not good.
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    The next part here I've changed to a smaller screw size to fit down here into this screw down on the bottom.
    I need to undo this to be able to get this part off and get right in in and see what's going on in your pump area, see if there's anything else impeding it. While we're in here we might as well do a thorough job.
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    Then loosen this up to take it off and there we are.
    There's your actual garburator, and mine is stuck almost. Look at that, it's got stuff in it, it's all jammed up. Look at this stuff that just came out here.
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    Now let's get all this cleaned up.
    You can take the small wheel right out. This piece is now out. You see these blades? They spin around against the screen to cut up any food or whatever. That's the version of a garburator, it's not too great, you'll need to take this and wash it out and clean it up, which I'm going to do here.
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    Also check to see if there's any other debris in here.
    Be careful in case there's glass or what-not, you never know. There's a very sharp bone that I just pulled out right there.
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    Now I'm just going to wash this up and I'm going to reassemble it.
    And we should have a new dishwasher. There we go - a lot of the holes are clogged up here.
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    This kind of fits in, so you have to make sure you get it back in all the way.
    It's got to go all the way in.
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    Now I was just putting that back together and I thought well I'll just check in here again, and I just realized that after taking this piece off there's more area exposed here.
    So I need to go in and clean that area. So I put my finger in here and I pulled out more stuff - this is a bone, and more garbage and I don't even know what that is. And there's little ridges, so you have to get down in each one and make sure it's clean in there. As anything in there is definitely going to block the flow. Now I think I have it clean there now.
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    Also, you'll want to clean this piece out here.
    See, there's stuff in it here. This has to be clean because this piece has to fit back in there. This piece here has to fit back in like so, which is going to be tricky. I'll let you know if I find any special techniques.
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    Now when you're putting this back together, notice that this unit here, you notice that it's not completely round.
    I don't know if you can notice it there, but right out here there's a ridge. It's basically larger all the way around on one side. The larger side fits into this groove on the other piece.
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    I fiddled around for a while, and I found there's a slot for this to fit in here.
    You have to kind of fiddle to get it in. Once it's in there good, when you try to move the blades you can feel the resistance from the motor on the other side. So you know that it's working, and is connected properly.
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    Now I can put this capping back on.
    Again, there's a slot in here, and this has to fit in the slot, so just put this down like that and it fits in perfect - it just slipped right in there.
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    I'm going to screw that in with the little screw.
    Maybe you have a more expensive screwdriver and it's magnetic, but seems to have worked here for me. That's done up nice and tight.
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    Then you put the big cover wheel back in.
    Make sure this part goes in the hole here, then jiggle it around to make sure it's in there just perfect.
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    Then you can put in all the other screws.
    I'll just loosely fit them and then I'll tighten them up with a screwdriver after. These four are all the same. Make sure not to cross threads, so make sure you put them in just a little until you feel a click and then you go forward so you know you're in the proper threading. If it feels too hard to turn, don't force it - back it up and try again, because that means you're cross threading it and it'll never go in properly after that. Careful not to jab through that bedding, I almost did it and cost myself more money instead of saving by doing this myself. It would cost you $75 to $150 to get this clean, most repair guys they just want to come and do anything these days.
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    This dishwasher should start working again like it's brand new.
    I had to do this a couple of times before, and I thought this time I'll record it for everyone out there on VisiHow. Hopefully this is a benefit. I'd love it if you dropped me a note or gave me a thumbs up or something on the site to let me know that it's helped you out.
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    Next we have to put this middle part back in.
    It just kind of sits in there.
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    So now let's put this on here, and then it goes kind of at an angle like this.
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    To get that in you have to get the two parts to meet each other at just the right angle.
    It's kind of tricky, you don't want to break it. I had to lift up just a bit above the heating element to get enough room. There, you hear it click into position there? That's good, it's snapped in, in place here.
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    All that's left now is to put this top part in.
    Right now I don't have this on yet, I've got to lift this up and turn it at the same time. I'll bring this around so you can see. When you've got it, it's going to look a lot like this. See the screw threads coming up and through? That's what you need there. It's in nice and tight now, spins freely.
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    We're all done!
    Now we can fire her up and we've got a new dishwasher on our hands, with no problem with water flow anymore.
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