bucket drive shaft disengaged from motor drive

ApplianceGeneral Electric Ice Maker


Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Paul From Ashton, MD

Mar 29, 2011

8 out of 12 people found this instruction helpful

This is a 25 year old unit. The ice bucket had warped over time causing the face plate to move forward of its ideal position pulling the entire assembly out of the drive. Removed dispensing unit face assembly. Removed drive shaft assembly. Replaced all washers. Reversed old broken drive cup. Married old drive cup to new drive cup...lining up drive slots. Drilled 6 ea. 3mm holes evenly spaced around circumference into the face of the old drive cup. Fastened drive cups together in vice and with C clamp...then using phillips head screws installed 3 ea. from opposing entry points on each side of this homemade shaft extender. This "mechanism" increased the effective length of the dispensing shaft assembly allowing for a proper fit of the drive shaft to the motor drive connection. Unit now works perfectly. Total cost @ $40.00 and two hours work which would have taken less than one hour if I had remembered to install the ice bucket seal the first time. New ice bucket would have cost @ $185.00. Home warranty does not cover ice makers or any of the associated parts. DIY...it isn't that difficult.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability


Part Number: PS292437

In Stock

Icemaker Auger Assembly Spacer

Part Number: PS297807

No Longer Available

Dispenser Blade Rest

Part Number: PS297808

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Roll Pin

Part Number: PS297809

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Ice Dispensing Drive Cup

Part Number: PS297895

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Ice Bucket Seal

Part Number: PS298716

In Stock