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 Posted: Sat Oct 30th, 2010 01:38 am
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My ice maker door broke, so I did an internet search and found out it is very common that the tab in an unavailable part breaks!!  Now I am upset an obvious design flaw that they have known about for years and they want $70 plus shipping for a replacement fixit kit. May the overpaid CEO's and all of their spawn's souls rot in *&^%.

 So I open it up with some help from the forum and look it over. Just like everybody else the tab that holds the ice shute door spring and pin is broken. First I took a picture so I would know where everything went. then I removed everything.  The tab is broken but still hanging on. So with some glue I put it back in place. I am not trying to get a permanent fix by gluing it. I am going to use it for a template.

 With paper and scissors and pencil and time and patience I make a template of the broken tab.  I transfer the template to a piece of sheet metal and again with a drill, snips, Dremel and time and patience and several test fittings I fabricate a duplicate of the tab.

 I clean everything up nice and clean including a wipe down with alcohol.  I used Gorilla Glue and a small nut and bolt and a couple washers as a clamp. I put it back together and it has held up for a week now.  This is what they want $70 for something to glue in!

 As I was putting it back together I thought about another fix. Bear with me I will try to explain this. It would require removing the shute door and related parts. Then removeing The inner shute liner, the part inside the door between the icemaker and the shute door.  Finding or fabricateing a small threaded hook. On my fridge it would have to be smaller than 1/8" to clear. Drilling a hole in such a way that the hook will hold the schute door pin where it belongs. Comeing up with some thin sheet metal to reinforce the plastic and then putting a nut on the hook.

 I have not tried this but cannot see why it would not work. Any thoughts??

 Doing something like this is not for everybody, I am retired and have tinkered with many things. I enjoy the challenge and I really am cheap.  I also get a resentment when someone sell me a POS and then trys to make a profit on selling me the repair part.
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 Posted: Sat Oct 30th, 2010 03:24 am
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jim, the real kick in the ass is that this is NOT a new problem...:headbang:

wp appears unwilling or unable to re-engineer this obvious design flaw; i do prolly 2 of these a month and at least every other customer expresses the same disappointment as you have, albeit not quite as succinctly as you.

i say as long as you have the time and the skill knock yourself out...post some pics of yer rig



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Thanks for the response!

Why should they fix it?? They are making money selling the repair kits and keeping thier tech's working!!

 The delay mechanism is in the way of taking a useful photo. Also I do not see an easy way to post a pic on this site.

 I simply made  a duplicate of the tab from sheet metal and glued it to the outside of the original tab. There is no clearance on the inside of the tab.
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Could you take some pics and upload 'em to a free image hosting service so we can gaze lovingly upon your handiwork?



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door?

  I cannot seem to get this to work??? The picture is not of much use anyway.

http://photobucket.com/whirlpoop



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pretty good fix....your other idea would be nearly impossible due to the chute portion of the liner being foamed into place.

and you are correct yes they love to sell you parts. I think the newer units have been beefed up a little in that area...probably took some time to re-make the tooling for the manufacturing process. Injection mold process changes can be a pain.



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Thanks for the response.  Time will tell if it's a good fix.

Foamed in place!! I was playing with the chute a bit and wondered how it fastened?? Thanks for the info.
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