I replaced the filter gasket assy on my GE GSD 5950D01CC. In order to do that the instructions said to remove the spray arm first. This, according to the instructions was simply a matter of turning the spray arm counter clockwise (" fifteen minute job").
Well that job took over an hour because the assy would not bulge.
After I removed arm and replaced gasket, I notice (when running the dishwasher) a very small leak from the center. I tried tightening the pump clamp, but leak persists.
1) How hard can I tighten pump clamp without breaking anything more?
2) Is there any kind of sealant that I can pour into dishwasher that will seal the leak? I have used a leak sealant on my Hot Tub, but am not sure if it is safe for dishwasher.
3) What else do you suggest?
The unit is about 14 years old so, I don't want to replace motor assembly, and being that I am on a fixed income, would rather not replace whole dishwasher.
If the got the clamp good and tight it should be fine. Typically if you turn it on tight with a hand nut driver it will be ok but if needed you can tighten it a little with a ratchet. If you over tighten it you can break the clamp.
There is a chance there is a hole in the coupling (that you are tightening the clamp on) checks that real well because it is very common for a pinhole to come in the coupling.
When you took the wash arm off I assume you unscrewed it out of the coupling that is leaking (the one with the clamp) you may have to just tighten up the wash arm. Down at the bottom of the wash arm you will see holes. Most of the time I take a screwdriver and put it in the hole to get leverage and turn it a little bit more that hand tight. Don’t over tighten this just turn it in by hand and try to turn it 1/8 of a turn more with the screwdriver.
If this doesn’t work you will have to replace the wash arm the coupling or both.