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The left-hand drawer slide that holds the upper rack of my circa 2003 Bosch dishwasher has completely broken off. It looks like it was spot-welded to the stainless interior in two places, and both welds have failed.

The rear weld failed a few weeks ago, and I attempted to fix it with JB Weld, but that didn't even hold for a single washing. The front weld broke yesterday and we're now stuck with a single-rack dishwasher.

I don't have access to a welder, which is probably a good thing because I would probably end up attempting to weld the slider back on, and end up melting the plastic shell on the outside of the dishwasher. I assume it has a plastic exterior shell.

Should I drill the side walls and screw the slider back in place? I assume I can seal the screw holes relatively well, I saw someone mention in another thread that red RTV Silicone Sealant works for dishwashers. However, I would still be worried that about puncturing any exterior plastic shell with the drill or screws. I should probably pull it out and take a look.

Anyway, I guess I'm just looking for ideas on how to fix this.

  • I'm confused, you say it has a stainless interior as the welds have failed, but you then say you are concerned about drilling the plastic. I would, if it is worth fixing, dismantle it and use a spot-welder to re-fix the slide. That way there are no holes to seal. – Solar Mike Apr 22 at 14:44
  • I guess I just assumed there was a double wall. I pulled it out just now and it's just a single wall with a bunch of sound-deadening on it. – Michael Wendell Apr 22 at 16:07
  • That now sounds like every dishwasher I have opened. – Solar Mike Apr 22 at 16:08

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