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The Thermador thunders again!
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Post# 1063026   3/13/2020 at 02:04 (1,494 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Well I got the motor and pump, unfortunately I was unable to remove the steam element from my pump housing, so I was forced to use my pump, which isn't as nice looking. There was some residue on top of the motor, so I decided it was for the best to use the new impelled and seal kit I had. Here we see and hear it emerging from the steam heating on the main wash of a light steam cycle. Ran it empty with some detergent just to clean it up and test it. Something about the lower wash arm will need addressed. I think those rings in it that it rides on are worn out, hopefully the pump housing isnít all worn out where it rides. But it is turning.

Post# 1063032 , Reply# 1   3/13/2020 at 04:18 (1,494 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Love the click, click, click

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I bet you will have some fun with that machine.  Congrats.

Post# 1063034 , Reply# 2   3/13/2020 at 05:41 (1,494 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thanks for sharing. If the tank, wash arms and steam generator unit have mineral/detergent deposits, try wiping them down or scrubbing them with an acid product like CLR WHILE WEARING GLOVES & GOGGLES.

Post# 1063066 , Reply# 3   3/13/2020 at 10:55 (1,494 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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That one run with Cascade fryer boil took care of anything in there I didnít like. I believe it had a cycle canceled in the middle of a wash with detergent, itís not full of deposits thankfully, but it did have a good bit of detergent residue that washes out. Both this time and the first trial, which ended in a drain/cancel, there was quite a bit of suds, it all rinsed out after the wash though, and that got the inside looking and smelling quite fresh.

Post# 1063068 , Reply# 4   3/13/2020 at 11:33 (1,494 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Well, it is important that out dishwashers smell fresh.

Post# 1063072 , Reply# 5   3/13/2020 at 11:42 (1,494 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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I can forgive an off odor from a machine full of dirty dishes, but when itís clean and empty I donít wanna smell anything!

Post# 1063074 , Reply# 6   3/13/2020 at 11:47 (1,494 days old) by steved (Guilderland, New York)        

That's why I miss old-fashioned Cascade.... that clean, bleach smell!

Post# 1063078 , Reply# 7   3/13/2020 at 12:42 (1,494 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        
No reason to be missing it!

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Its still around! Cascade fryer boil out is literally the same thing!

Post# 1063090 , Reply# 8   3/13/2020 at 14:40 (1,494 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Reggie, after reading your OP, I was thinking you forgot to instruct, a la The Pretenders, play this clip loud!


Then when I ran the video, I remembered it wasn't necessary. 


Have fun with your machine!  I did, until I decided I preferred clean and pretty dishes over a pretty dishwasher, but even so, it was fun while it lasted.  I think Nate would agree with me. 

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Post# 1063094 , Reply# 9   3/13/2020 at 14:48 (1,494 days old) by Steved (Guilderland, New York)        
Not really

It doesnít have that same bleach smell. Iíve used 2 cases and didnít get the chlorine smell I wanted.

Post# 1063095 , Reply# 10   3/13/2020 at 14:57 (1,494 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Well, we'll see how well this thing does, I doubt I'll ever run dishes through it on a non-steam cycle, so we'll see what that gets us. At some point I'll have to run some modern detergent on short wash just to see some less than stellar result, and have to run it again to rid life of all the yibbles and bits.

I've found the cascade still has that same bleach smell I remember, but I'll admit its been 10 or so years since they quit selling it as regular detergent.

Post# 1063125 , Reply# 11   3/13/2020 at 18:02 (1,494 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        
Sounds like a Wasteking! Vrroooom!!

Glad you were able to get everything working again. That's what a Wasteking/Thermador of this vintage should sound like! :) The asphalt coating did nothing to help the resonating sound of the motor!

I sent you a message about the lower wash arm bearing. Check to be sure it isn't cracked. If it's ok than mineral buildup on the lower portion of the wash arm support will definitely slow the arm down. Also, the rubber seals on each side of the arm can slow it down if the arm is not pushed all the way onto the support (they groove of the seal tends to grab the edge of the circular opening if it's not pushed all the way down).

Have fun with it and keep us posted!

Post# 1063130 , Reply# 12   3/13/2020 at 18:36 (1,493 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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I'll check that part on it tonight, I'm hoping to get it installed when I get home!

Post# 1063142 , Reply# 13   3/13/2020 at 20:26 (1,493 days old) by Queeny77 (BERWYN, ILLINOIS)        

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We had a waste king similar to this

Post# 1063162 , Reply# 14   3/13/2020 at 23:45 (1,493 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Well so far itís running great, but I found cancer!! What should I do about this??

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Post# 1063166 , Reply# 15   3/14/2020 at 00:18 (1,493 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Consult a dishwasher oncologist?

Post# 1063168 , Reply# 16   3/14/2020 at 01:03 (1,493 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Exactly, but I donít know any good ones. Dr Schpengelmiener already performed all the surgeries he knows on this machine. Heís at a loss with cancer, all he knows to do is a full rack transplant... *GULP*

Post# 1063169 , Reply# 17   3/14/2020 at 03:22 (1,493 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra SeŮora de Los Angeles de Porciķncula)        

Talking about Thermador Dishwashers...

This ad is up for several weeks... and being posted again and again and again...

Post# 1063182 , Reply# 18   3/14/2020 at 07:49 (1,493 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Rust On The Lower Rack

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You can ignore it as the DW won't likely last long enough for it to be a problem, Or use some 3M marine sealant to seal over the rusty area.


John L.

Post# 1063192 , Reply# 19   3/14/2020 at 10:45 (1,493 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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I wish I knew someone out in LA! Someone needs to grab that, itís a rare beauty, and a real Thermadorian Thermador too, not just some fuckaroon that married into the family!

3M marine sealant? Looks like itís easy entry find. Sadly itíll be white rather than clear, or better yet, light blue... And come come now Dalai Lama, ye of no faith at all! This dishwasher doesnít seem horrible or poorly made. And so far it seems to do a great job with the steam cycle, it sure gets the water good and hot!

Post# 1063198 , Reply# 20   3/14/2020 at 12:15 (1,493 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Thermador DW For Sale In LA

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Yes this is the real thing, there is nothing even similar to the WK-TD that is the subject of this fun thread.

The TD DW in LA is actually made of real Stainless Steel, The WK-TDs used cheap magnetic SS for the main tank that often rusted and caused the tanks to be replaced under warranty or even the whole DW to be junked.

WK-TD initially tried using this cheaper magnetic SS for the inside of the door but it looked so bad and every scratch started to rust so they had to go with good non-magnetic SS for the inner door.

John L.

Post# 1063203 , Reply# 21   3/14/2020 at 12:47 (1,493 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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You can tell what parts are the good stainless and whatís the cheap stuff, the inner door, tub, and sump all look different.

Sadly this machine wonít stay too long, mom finds it too loud, so it will either get replaced by the original Whirlpool from 2005, or if I can find a good one, a bisque front KUDS25.

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