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Why won't the door on my Kenmore model 665.13965/13865 open?

The door on my Kenmore compactor will not open.

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Fred M
If the motor will run, even by holding the start switch, then I suggest running the motor till the ram cycles back up. If the door will not open and the compactor will not run to bring the ram back up then you will have to raise the ram manually.

To do this first you will need to lay the compactor down on either of it's sides. There a lower access panel you will have to remove to access the chain and gears. See the image below.

You can manually turn the drive gear and raise the ram until the door can be opened.
by Fred M Earned 109,681 community points in Kenmore
April 18th, 2009
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