Whirlpool Upper Spray Arm


  #1  
Old 04-18-21, 07:36 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NewHampshire
Posts: 145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Whirlpool Upper Spray Arm

Whirlpool dishwasher, WD530PLYW3. Upper spray arm, part WPW10327455 fell off into bottom of dishwasher. This part is gray but has a white internal. The white piece stayed attached up above with the plastic rivet attached. I have subsequently removed the plastic rivet and the white piece of the sprayarm, but maybe wish I hadn't. Is it possible that the white internal was glued into the gray sprayarm?

New parts look to be $30+ for the spray arm and $30+ for the little white plastic rivet. Do I need both and is there a better way for putting this back into play?

 
  #2  
Old 04-18-21, 08:41 AM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northern NJ - USA
Posts: 62,102
Received 1,509 Votes on 1,396 Posts
That does not look like a correct Whirlpool model number.

The white internals is part of the spray arm. I believe they are either glued or melted together. You could probably reglue them together. The push-in retainer is completely separate. If it's intact.... no need to replace. If it's cracked... then it will need to be replaced.
 
  #3  
Old 04-18-21, 10:16 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NewHampshire
Posts: 145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Sounds like I should have tried gluing the gray arm to the white internals that were still riveted to the top with the white plastic rivet. Popping that I believe destroyed the very end of the rivet.

Now I am thinking, drill a hole straight through the entire unit, what's left of the plastic rivet, through the white internals and through the gray arm. Then secure with a thin machine screw. If I just replace the plastic rivet and glue the white internals back into the gray arm, I can see this happening all over again.

Wonder what glue could be used to survive inside the dishwasher?
 
  #4  
Old 04-18-21, 11:59 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NewHampshire
Posts: 145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Sorry, WDF530PLYW3 is the correct model number.
 
  #5  
Old 04-19-21, 05:40 AM
M
Member
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,554
Received 164 Votes on 151 Posts
If you glue the white internals to the gray spray arm will this not stop the spray arm from spinning?
 
  #6  
Old 04-19-21, 06:27 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NewHampshire
Posts: 145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I think you may be correct, the white internal piece has to spin inside the larger gray spray arm.

So how does the white internal piece get secured inside the cavity? Obviously, mine lost that security and the gray spray arm fell off downward into the dishwasher.
 
  #7  
Old 04-19-21, 06:46 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NewHampshire
Posts: 145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Looks like the white internal piece is supposed to have a molded in lip that keeps it inside the gray spray arm cavity while still able to spin. So, the white piece's lip apparently wore away allowing the gray spray arm to fall off.

Terrible engineering, so I may try running a very small machine screw through the assembly so that all pieces are secured but still able to spin.
 
  #8  
Old 04-19-21, 07:16 AM
M
Member
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,554
Received 164 Votes on 151 Posts
I do not know how it is put together as I have never looked at one.

But it does sound like a bit of jiggery pokery may fix it as $60.00 seems rather high to fix it.
 
  #9  
Old 04-19-21, 09:55 AM
G
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NewHampshire
Posts: 145
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Well a very thin machine screw through the entire assembly should allow it to spin. Fwiw, last night the glasses on the top rack came out fine with and empty hole up top.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: