Earlier this year we had occasion to remove the front panel from the door of our Bosch dishwasher. The occasion was that it had developed a leak. Now fortunately, one of the most common reasons that a Bosch dishwasher will develop a leak – especially if it seems to be coming from under the door – is that the inlet water valve needs to be replaced. And also fortunately, it turns out that the water inlet valve is relatively easy to replace, once you take the door panel off. (In case you’re interested, this is the inlet water valve that we used to replace the leaking one – ain’t Amazon amazing?)
Well, as soon as that door panel came off of the front of that Bosch dishwasher, two weirdly-shaped plastic pieces literally fell out of the dishwasher, onto the floor (the floor of the kitchen, not the floor of the dishwasher). “Weird,” we thought, and set them aside, sure that it would be obvious where they went once we started putting the dishwasher back together.
Boy were we wrong.
What the hell was this thing?
At first we were misled by the apparent channels in the thing, which led us to think that it was some sort of harness for wiring. But, nope.
In fact, it took us quite a while to figure out what this thing was, but once we did, and once we actually figured out where it went, it was obvious. Dumb, but obvious. Of course it’s obvious once you know, so that is why I wrote this up for you, so you will know, without going through the frustration that we did.
It’s a door spacer for your Bosch dishwasher!
Well, actually, it was obvious where they went – whether they are a door spacer, or something to protect the inside of the door from damage, or both, still wasn’t 100% clear. We are choosing to call it a door spacer.
But once you know what they are, where they go, and how they go, is obvious. So if you have found pieces that look like the above, here is how they go back in.
Inserting the door spacer protector back into your dishwasher
Notice the single prong on the plastic door spacer; once you insert the plastic piece as in the above picture, it will seat into place with a satisfying click.
This is what it will look like from above, once it is clicked in and fully seated.
View from above
And that’s all there is to it. It probably took you way more time to discover what those silly plastic pieces are than it will to shove them back in!
By the way, in case you’re wondering, this is what the inlet water valve looks like:
Bosch Dishwasher Inlet Water Valve
And, again, you can find them on Amazon here (although be sure to check that it’s compatible with your model, this is the one that worked for our model). It costs all of $12.50.