Introduction

Common issue with wide range of Bosch DWs. May or may not be associated with water in the base. Symptoms: at the end of a cycle when the CL sign will show, the drain motor will keep running and the same upon turning it on (drain running + frozen timer).

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the two Torx screws to release the lower access panel and set it aside.
  • Remove the two Torx screws to release the lower access panel and set it aside.

  • Verify if there is water in the base and remove as much as you can with a rag (as pictured).

  • It is normal to see a small amount of water in there but if there is a large amount, this may be what is causing the float to remain up and you may have a different issue.

Had the same issue with bosch dishwasher, and I figured out why and very easy no tools needed, First turn off power then fill in about 1 litre of water in dishwasher make sure enough water to cover the top of filter then turn it on and it worked.

In my case some how at the end or begining of washing cycle the water pump got empty, it could'nt get through next step until water get passed by , that's why the drain motor won't quit, now it works normal again.

vikhanhto - Reply

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Use a screwdriver to lift the float switch activator (red stick). It has tabs which makes the task easy (although they are difficult to see in the picture). Be careful not to shortcut the wires of the inlet valve with your screwdriver (it might be wise to turn off the electricity before this procedure).
  • Use a screwdriver to lift the float switch activator (red stick). It has tabs which makes the task easy (although they are difficult to see in the picture).

  • Be careful not to shortcut the wires of the inlet valve with your screwdriver (it might be wise to turn off the electricity before this procedure).

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  • Turn your dishwasher back on.

  • This may not fix it permanently, but the same procedure will work again and again.

  • If someone a permanent fix please share! I suspect a defective float switch (Bosch part #165256) but thee fact that my DW works for a couple of cycle before the issue coming back makes me a little skeptical.

  • On this dishwasher you should check on the right side for a leaking wash motor pump assembly

Had same issue. The DW has to be taken out and the "maze" (preventing backflow of fresh water) on the side needs to be cleaned of accumulated grease. Needs to be done every 6 years or so. Once the grease is cleaned the seals should be tight enough to prevent leakage into the bottom compartment.

Marko - Reply

The reason it works and then doesn't and then works..is because the water that leaks will eventually evaporate after not using it then when you try to use it again there is no water in the base pan floating the switch. You have a leak either seals water valve or circ pump...something is leaking.

Felix Marquez - Reply

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, simply put the panel back in place.

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ALWAYS disconnect an appliance from mains electricity BEFORE attempting ANY repairs by unplugging (where appropriate) or turning it off at the breaker box, and leaving a warning to anyone to NOT flip the breaker back on. Also, place a strip of tape with this warning across the breaker. Otherwise, working on an energised appliance could have disastrous, even deadly effects or consequences!

Michael Driver - Reply

The same approach worked for SRV46A63.

To remove water from the float-enabled switch you need noot only a rag, but a syrenge. In narrow Bosch dishwashers there is a water detecter that looks like a mushroom turned upside down and the "mushroom cap" sits in a kind of a shaft. A leakage would fill the shaft, pushing the cap up, the cap, in turn, would push the red lever which presses a microswitch. A rag would help you to get water from the base, but not from the shaft. You need to get all the water off this shaft with a syrenge, sliding the syrenge needle between the shaft wall and the cap.

%#*@, I should have made a photo!

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