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motor for 1955 Kenmore d&m dishwasher
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Post# 985003   3/2/2018 at 19:40 (201 days old) by classiccaprice (Hampton, Virginia)        

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Hi all,

So I took the motor out of my 1955 D&M Kenmore dishwasher that was burned accidentally due to a leak a few months ago. Sadly the only electric motor repair in the area refuses to fix it because it's too old. Anyone know of a good motor repair or have a replacement lying around? Thanks!

Post# 986353 , Reply# 1   3/12/2018 at 23:32 (191 days old) by realvanman (Southern California)        

I would definitely call around until you find a reputable motor shop! "Old" is not relevant. It can't be any more complex than any other motor they might see come in their shop.

Post# 986371 , Reply# 2   3/13/2018 at 06:35 (191 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I should have thought of this before - I've had the same thing happen when taking a vintage washer or dryer motor to a repair shop.  So now I tell them the motor was from 'my father's lathe' and that my father was a machinist.  They repair the motor then.... 

Post# 986383 , Reply# 3   3/13/2018 at 09:05 (191 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        
my father's lathe

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An instance where a little white lie doesn't hurt anyone. :)

Post# 988740 , Reply# 4   3/29/2018 at 16:20 by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Ask Mark.

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He got Elginkid's motor repaired.


Post# 988788 , Reply# 5   3/30/2018 at 00:38 by robbinsandmyers (Hamden CT)        

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Its a bit far but call Accu-wind here in Hamden CT on Sherman Ave. They've rebuilt Van DePol traction motors for early trolleys so age doesnt scare them!

Post# 988933 , Reply# 6   3/31/2018 at 08:58 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
I've long since learned to just plain flat out tell them

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Whatever they want to hear so I can get the part I need. Whirlpool is the worst of the worst of the worst on this but a lot of smaller appliance stores still haven't realized that being nasty to people does not make them potential customers.

It's been nearly 10 years now since I was told I couldn't have a capacitor for a 1960's KA as it was too old...and the capacitor was hanging on the end cap behind the yee-haw at the counter and it's still made and easily purchased everywhere. Point of the story? In the 76 rentals for which I change out appliances I have never once since then used that nasty store's wares. 

Thank the gods for Amazon and Ebay and Craigslist.

As to your motor, now that the rant is over, I wish you the best of luck. Those motors were produced by the millions, it won't be hard to find a replacement, though calling around will eventually find you a shop willing to do what they claim they do.

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