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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?

Kenmore , Refrigerators , Appliances
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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 3,234 community points in Kenmore
January 26th, 2011
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