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kenmore ice maker motor replacement

how do i replace the motor in my Kenmore elite side by side ice maker model#1065770700?
I have the motor, it looks to snap in and out easy enough, I can not figure out how to get to where it is. can not find screws or opening?

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Lyle W
We are always glad to help. Let us know if you ever need anything else.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
February 14th, 2012
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Lyle, now you're speaking my language. Thank you for the t-shooting data. I almost hope the icemaker quits again...not. But will be armed with the right stuff.
by Manage My Life
February 14th, 2012
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Lyle W
Here is one final image for the above response.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
February 13th, 2012
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by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
February 13th, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Herbert. You can contact us anytime that you need help. I provided some technical information for that ice maker in the images below. That information may help you diagnose and repair this failure. I recommend that you test the ice maker and then check for an error code. The 4th image below shows that test button. The first image shows the error codes and provides a procedure for displaying the error codes that do not display automatically. I suspect that you may see that Er It error code. If you do, then you will probably need to replace that ice maker assembly. If not, you may be able to use the information provided below to properly diagnose and repair your failure. Reply with additional details if you need more help. NOTE: Unplug the refrigerator when accessing internal components.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
February 13th, 2012
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Lyle, sorry for contacting only when I need help. My ice machine did it again. It twisted to dump the ice and then stopped. Reset, off/on, unplug/plug, reseat, nothing worked. So I pulled the ice maker off, 4 screws and a plug, managed to loosen enough componets to allow the ice try to come out. I turned it 180 degrees and put it all back. It started turning the same direction as it takes to dump the ice ( I think) and then settled back to the beginning point for making ice. It acts like it doesn't know to turn back around. The sensor on the bottom of the tray must do something important: temp, twist, something...

What do you think?
by Manage My Life
February 12th, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Herbert. The troubleshooting for that original question is mainly contained in a video that is on YouTube. I found that video through a Google search. We provide more videos in our recent answers since that helps customers that are not used to disassembling appliances. We also have access to tech sheets and wiring diagrams for most appliances. We have service manuals for some appliances. If you ever need more help, let us know.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
January 18th, 2012
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Lyle, I forgot to ask. Where did you get that trouble shooting data you posted last for that guys ice maker? It was for an ELITE Kenmore if I remember correctly.
by Manage My Life
January 16th, 2012
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Lyle,
Thank you for contributing to the questions. Got ice this morning!
I fix F16 electronics and the test stations for the RADAR. Re-seating circuit cards and connectors fixes things sometimes. Not sure why it works. Kind of interesting getting all the way down to that little motor and figuring out hitting the terminals w/9v battery to test it.
BTW, fixed my first thing soldering just after going to F-4 RADAR school and seeing the family during Christmas. Sister had a new ATARI game and one of the controllers quit working. I pulled it apart and found a cold solder joint. Looked around for a soldering iron or even a wood burning tip but nothing. So, in front of all the family, I took the fireplace poker made from a BBQ rotisserie bar that was chrome and had a pointed tip, put in the fire a few seconds, then touched the solder joint to make it flow. Fixed it with "stone knives and bear skins" as McCoy would say. And yes, if you are curious, it was in Bakersfield CA.
by Manage My Life
January 16th, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Herbert. It sounds like your ice maker is working properly at this time. If it stops again and you need more help, let us know.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
January 16th, 2012
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OK, put a 9v battery on the motor and it spins... Put it all back together and plugged in the refrigerator, hit the on switch and it grunted a bit so I hit the test switch. Not sure how as I put the motor back exactly as I found it, it spun around and the slot popped out as I tried to stop it. The flex in the plastic and the manner the motor is mounted allowed it to pop out and re engage 180 degrees later. It stopped correctly, and then I closed the ice maker door and put in the bucket not in that order and crossed my fingers.
by Manage My Life
January 15th, 2012
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Lyle,

Thank you for taking your time to answer questions. Model # 795.71073.010 Kenmore ELITE 4 door ice maker stopped. The motor turned the ice tray to full twist and stayed there. Turned the ice maker power switch off then on; no movement or sounds. Tried it several times. So, I removed the entire ice maker assy 612A and removed the motor 606A and tray to release the twist and check the motor. Also, prior to that I pushed the test button on the motor with the switch on and there was nothing happening. So now I have the motor cover off - carefully - and tested the resistance across the little 12vdc motor. I get less than 1 ohm give or take a smidgen both ways and tests open to the case. Could not find anything wrong with the gears and it appears there is a proximity switch to do something inside of it as well. The worm and ring gear on the motor does not allow manual turning of the tray, BTW. What do you think? Could not find any fusible links anywhere, no smoke or smells or broken parts. Even ohm'd the power switch and it is good. Thinking about hitting the motor with a small battery generated 12vdc to see if it even moves.
by Manage My Life
January 15th, 2012
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Lyle W
I assume that you want to replace the motor in your ice maker that produces the ice.

Unplug the refrigerator

and follow the procedure that is shown in this video to remove that ice maker:

Ice Maker Replacement

. It is normally easier to replace the entire ice maker assembly rather than replacing component parts. If you need to replace just the motor in that ice maker assembly, then you will need to pull off the front cover and remove the module. You should then be able to access that motor in the ice maker. That link for a previous answer that James posted in the above response provides additional help with accessing that motor.

If you need more assistance or you need to replace a different motor (such as the dispenser motor in the door), reply with additional details and we will help you further.

If you get to a point where you need to have a service technician complete this repair, you can schedule service through this link:

Sears Home Services

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by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
January 13th, 2012
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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Kenmore Elite Refrigerator's icemaker's motor. I did some research for you at Managemylife and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices. I hope these links provided assist you.
by Manage My Life
January 11th, 2012
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