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    Thanks so much. My 2 year old Maytag started doing crazy things like starting up by itself for no reason. Start button did not work, changed cycles to different washes randomly and finally would not start even after a reset. I did the diagnostic mode and the dishwasher ran. Called appliance service and described problem and said it was probably the control board. $300 fix was unacceptable. I found your fix and figured I would give it a try. What I found was corrosion on the flex cable of the control panel just as you described. Apparently I caught it early enough and there were no broken connections at the rust point. I took an eraser an cleaned up the flat ribbon of rust and the applied a coating of petroleum jelly to the cable on both sides. Fired it up and so far no problems for ov...see more »Thanks so much. My 2 year old Maytag started doing crazy things like starting up by itself for no reason. Start button did not work, changed cycles to different washes randomly and finally would not start even after a reset. I did the diagnostic mode and the dishwasher ran. Called appliance service and described problem and said it was probably the control board. $300 fix was unacceptable. I found your fix and figured I would give it a try. What I found was corrosion on the flex cable of the control panel just as you described. Apparently I caught it early enough and there were no broken connections at the rust point. I took an eraser an cleaned up the flat ribbon of rust and the applied a coating of petroleum jelly to the cable on both sides. Fired it up and so far no problems for over a month now. I did complain to Maytag and they did admit this was happening and offered to send a repairman as a one time courtesy for an out of warranty unit. You would think they would have solved this obvious defect over the years. Guess they just hope nobody would complain. Thanks so much for guiding me where to look for the problem.

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