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Post# 971348   12/3/2017 at 20:13 (346 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Hello everyone,
I gave my neighbor said her dishwasher went out. I went over and saw her GE handle would not shut all the way. I gave her the Maytag that came with my house and took the GE home. I think the porcelain tub is rusting out around the sump, but other parts are good. Anyone need parts from it before I throw it out?

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Post# 971351 , Reply# 1   12/3/2017 at 20:21 (346 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Not a Potscrubber- or porcelain- rather steel with a vinyl coating. I have dibs on the timer, knob and pic of the tech sheet glued on the other side of the door.

Post# 971352 , Reply# 2   12/3/2017 at 20:22 (346 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Special Request

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And oh- can you take pics of the underside of the machine?

Post# 971354 , Reply# 3   12/3/2017 at 20:39 (346 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Iíll take one in the morning. Everything works including motor. Something inside the door latch mechanism went bad. When I manually shut it. The pump runs and sprays perfectly.

Post# 971358 , Reply# 4   12/3/2017 at 21:08 (346 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Thanks :)

Minus the sump rust, that machine is in good shape overall. This is why GE went to Perma-tuff, the tub and door liner is incapable of rusting.

Post# 971415 , Reply# 5   12/4/2017 at 06:47 (346 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Basic GE DW

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The latches would get balky on these and refuse to move properly to latch the door, all it takes to fix is about 3 drops of oil.


These early - mid 70s GE DWs had a lousy sump design that often rusted out badly, GE did come up with a clever plastic rump repair kit that you pushed in from the top with a good bead of silicone sealant around it and it would easily fix DWs that are as rusted as this one. I must have fixed more that a hundred GE DWs like this.


John L.

Post# 971416 , Reply# 6   12/4/2017 at 06:55 (346 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Is that kit still available? Iíll try the oiling the latch today.

Post# 971421 , Reply# 7   12/4/2017 at 08:19 (346 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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It might be identical to the ones used today- do you have a model #?

Post# 971422 , Reply# 8   12/4/2017 at 08:30 (346 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Keeping this

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BTW, there is no shame if you want to keep it as part of your collection. Minus the rust its in descent shape and the outside is in really good shape. Not many of these are still around, and the few that I have seen on occasion (being thrown out) were absolutely trashed both on the inside and outside.

One nice thing about this machine is that the whole cycle from start to finish (wash and dry) is about an hour. Only catch is you need screaming hot water (150 and over) in order to wash well.

Post# 971424 , Reply# 9   12/4/2017 at 08:32 (346 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Doubt Iím going to keep it. Just curious about the repair because they have about 60 of these in our townhouse community. So was going to try repair on this one after I pull your parts. Just in case someone else needs it done.

Post# 971428 , Reply# 10   12/4/2017 at 10:00 (345 days old) by Whatsername (Loveland, CO)        

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You gave her the Performa? Judging by the comments on that machine's thread you must not like that neighbor much ;)

Post# 971432 , Reply# 11   12/4/2017 at 10:08 (345 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Lol you sir are very observant. :-)

Post# 971480 , Reply# 12   12/4/2017 at 12:11 (345 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Yup- these were very popular for builders. There are apartment complexes around me that literally had hundreds of these machines. Most replaced by newer GEs though I am certain some still exist in less used apartments.

I'd try the oil drop routine as john stated.

When pulling the timer, make sure include part of the harness (down to the door) if you can. Sometimes water gets behind those screws and also eats away at the terminals.

Post# 971784 , Reply# 13   12/5/2017 at 18:12 (344 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Iíve looked high and low for the sump repair kit. I canít seem to find it

Post# 971874 , Reply# 14   12/6/2017 at 06:24 (344 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Smup Repair Kit

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They were probably not that popular and GE DWs were seldom worth fixing when they were 10 years old or so.


The main place we used these SRKs were on the under-sink models because these DWs had such a high replacement cost. The condo building named the Cairo in NW Washington DC had 100 + of these DWs installed in around 1975 when it was converted into condos, and I personally used at least 35 of these SRKs in that building alone.


I checked and I still have one of these kits in stock, but I am going to hold on to it for now in case we find a nice hi-end GE Americana DW that needs it for the museum some day. I am looking for the model with the three control dials in addition to the timer and the triple detergent dispenser.


John L.

Post# 971924 , Reply# 15   12/6/2017 at 10:58 (343 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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I know Maytag had some red stuff that dried like steal, would that work? Minus the sump the rest of the machine is in good shape.

@Combo: 100+ units, 35 repairs? Sounds like the apartments around here. There had to be over 1000 of these in my county, the only difference is that when the leaked they just replaced them with another Potscrubber. Many of the 80s Permatuffs are still around though and were repaired rather than chucked.

Post# 971937 , Reply# 16   12/6/2017 at 11:44 (343 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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What is that vent like thing for on the inside of the door?

Post# 972892 , Reply# 17   12/10/2017 at 21:06 (339 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Tech sheet

Tried to pull tech sheet to send to you but it wouldnít come off in one piece.

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Post# 972941 , Reply# 18   12/11/2017 at 04:40 (339 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Tech sheet

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Its glued to the back as it normally is. Those pics are more than good enough and its all I need to hook everything up. Much thanks :)

Post# 973098 , Reply# 19   12/11/2017 at 20:42 (338 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Sure also I was able to pull entire harness with connections should be extremely easy to install just plug and go

Post# 973143 , Reply# 20   12/12/2017 at 01:04 (338 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Entire Harness- that would be perfect!

Post# 973248 , Reply# 21   12/12/2017 at 14:15 (337 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Chet pm me it wonít let me pm you lol

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Post# 973269 , Reply# 22   12/12/2017 at 17:59 (337 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

SpaceDog, what is that language ur  speaking?

Post# 973270 , Reply# 23   12/12/2017 at 18:03 (337 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

That would be English sir. Very common through most of USA and the British Isles :-)

Post# 973298 , Reply# 24   12/12/2017 at 20:06 (337 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

SpaceDog, I meant no offense. Just a shot at weak humor.

Post# 973339 , Reply# 25   12/12/2017 at 22:49 (337 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

I took no offense lol. I was just joking around with you

Post# 973591 , Reply# 26   12/14/2017 at 07:24 (336 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Do you have an Email I could use? For some reason I can't PM you either.

Post# 973592 , Reply# 27   12/14/2017 at 07:27 (336 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Sorry for the late reply btw, I was very busy yesterday.

Post# 973837 , Reply# 28   12/15/2017 at 17:19 (334 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)

Post# 973841 , Reply# 29   12/15/2017 at 17:31 (334 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Perfect, thanks :)

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