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Stuck Middle Hinge Pin of Kenmore Top Freezer Fridge door

Kenmore Top Freezer Refrigerator - Middle Hinge Pin Bracket. The hinge pin is stuck and nothing I do can unscrew it from the bracket. I need to flip it so that I can change the side the doors open on.

I got a replacement part from Sears direct but have the same issue.

Why is the pin in so tightly?

What can I do to change the orientation of the door? Has something changed with this bracket and the Use & Care guide hasn't been updated? Page 12 states that using a quarter inch socket wrench you should loosen and remove this pin. When I tried with the first one the bevelled edge got stripped. I took it to OSH they put it in a vice and also could not loosen the pin.

Any ideas, suggestions?

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scott d
I'm sorry you are having this problem. Unfortunately, this has not been a problem. When checking the replacement hinge, it shows to be a complete assembly. If the pin on the new hinge is also so tight that the head strips out, I recommend taking the hinge to the nearest repair center and let them remove the hinge pin. I'm listing a site you can access to locate the nearest repair center. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:

Sears Home Services

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by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
January 26th, 2011
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The Middle hing bracket part number is 4775JJ2002A.
The Sears Direct person on the phone assured us the new part was in two pieces and that we could choose the orientation when putting it on the door.
by Manage My Life
January 25th, 2011
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Refrigerator Model # 795.69293.902.
I have a replacement part with the same problem.
Tried to loosen it with WD40 but it is stuck in there.
by Manage My Life
January 25th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
It sounds like the pin on your refrigerator has been giving you a lot of trouble and I hope I can provide a helpful link for you. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I suggest you add the full model number of your refrigerator so that the expert can provide you with a more detailed answer. I am adding a link in where you can enter your model number and a parts list diagram will pop up in where you can get some great parts for your appliance and you can see a parts list diagram. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Kenmore
January 25th, 2011
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