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Manage My Life

Kenmore Ultra Wash dishwasher (665.13842K601) "Normal Wash" light blinking

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
June 5th, 2012

Hi,

I have a Kenmore Ultra Wash dishwasher (665.13842K601) that doesn't seem to be working.

We've tried powering it down, and a few things we found online for 'resetting' the system but in the end, it always returns to blinking the "Normal Wash" button.

Is there somewhere I can get a list of diagnostic codes for what the blinking light means.

Thanks,
Colin

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Lyle W
I am glad to hear that you found a good deal. That sounds like a good plan. Let us know if you ever need more help.
by Lyle W
June 5th, 2012
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Yes, I just found a listing for the full washer (working condition) for less than the part.

I might just strip it, box the parts for the future and recycle the frame.

Thanks again,
Colin
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June 5th, 2012
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Lyle W
Thanks for letting us know what you found. You can sometimes find that part available from an alternate source through a web search. It may not have the same dependability or warranty as a part that is purchased from Sears PartsDirect even though it may cost less. Let us know if you need more help.
by Lyle W
June 5th, 2012
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Okay thanks Lyle. I've checked the polarity and tried at least 100 combinations but can't get anything to create a circuit when I press a button. (But maybe that's because it's broken! :-) )

It looks like we're going to shell out for the console. (An astonishing $160 for what probably cost $8 to manufacture. What a racket.) Maybe we can find one used.

Thanks again,
Colin
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June 5th, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Colin. The normal test window that is used for the resistance check is circled in the image below. That connection is not marked for pin P1-0 to P1-14 so you will normally need to experiment with a couple of the keys to see where you get the difference in resistance. Be sure that you are using the correct polarity with the probes. You will often need needle probes to make good contact through the test window. If the opposite side has test windows, then you may get better contact using the opposite side. I do not recommend that you attempt to disable key switches on that console. If the control panel is bad, I recommend that you replace it. I hope that this additional information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.
by Lyle W
June 5th, 2012
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Okay, I've made a circuit! I wasn't pushing any buttons at the time but got a signal which the probes were attached to the bottom two points (in the previous image). Does that tell us anything about which end is which?

The only buttons we EVER use on the dishwasher are "smart wash", start, cancel and *sometimes* "delay wash". I'd be happy to manually cut all other lines if it meant I didn't have to get a new keypad. Is it worth pealing off the outer covering of the buttons to try to fix the short? (I'm guessing that will just make a huge mess of the front and it probably won't go back together.)

Thanks,
Colin
by Manage My Life
June 4th, 2012
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Hi Lyle,

Thanks so much for the feedback. I've tested the washer and it did start the drain pump when the keypad was disconnected.

I'm having some trouble testing where the short in the keypad is, though. I can't seem to get a signal through any line. Part of the trouble may be I don't know which end is P1-0 and which is p1-15. In the attached image, I've augmented the markings on the cable so they are visible.

Am I correct in thinking I can connect the ohmage meter pins at open points on the flat side of the plastic connector (shown facing directly towards the camera in the attached image)?

Thanks,
Colin
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June 4th, 2012
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Great! I'll try this out on the weekend and let you know how it goes.

Many thanks to you both,
Colin
by Manage My Life
May 31st, 2012
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Lyle W
That first link for a previous answer correctly indicates that a blinking light on the control normally indicates that you have a stuck button on that control panel. You can try to reset the control board on the dishwasher by shutting off the house circuit breaker for 5 minutes. Reset the breaker and see if the control will work normally. If not, you will probably need to replace that control panel. If you want to test that control panel before replacing it, then you can use the information shown in the image below.

Shut off the house circuit breaker

for the dishwasher before accessing that connection in the console. Remove the screws on the top of the inner door panel to release that console. You will need a volt/ohm meter with precision probes (needle probes) to check the resistance through the normal wash, the light washer and the heated dry buttons. If all of those buttons are working properly then I recommend that you check the rest of the buttons on the console. If the console passes that test shown below then you will need to replace the electronic control board in that console. You can order parts from this page:

Kenmore UltraWash Dishwasher 665.13842K601 Control Panel Parts

. Be sure that you

shut off the house circuit breaker

for the dishwasher before accessing and replacing internal components.

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link:

Sears Home Services

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by Lyle W
May 31st, 2012
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i understand how frustrating it can be with the dishwasher lights flashing. I have done some research on the Manage My Life website and have located several links similar to your issue. While you are waiting for a detailed reply from an expert I have provided the links below. Hope this helps!
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May 29th, 2012
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Whoops. Now it's switched to "Light Wash" and "Heated Dry" (in case that's important).
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