Refrigerator door fails to close on its own like it is designed to.

ApplianceKenmore Refrigerator

ModelSide-by-Side

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver
Socket set

Jay From Oconomowoc, WI

May 28, 2008

3 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

The design of this refrigerator door (it's a side-by-side) is somewhat unbelievable. The door is designed to hold things, yet when you do the weight of the door wears out the lower door cams. The cams are designed to "complete the door closing", i.e. when you gently push on the door the cam mechanism takes over. When the cams wear, the door fails to close. Note to others - you may mistakenly think that the failure of the door to close is related to the seal; it is not.

The repair is quite easy; remove the upper cover, using a not driver (socket), then remove the upper door bracket. Make sure you hold the door or have someone else hold it. After the fasteners are removed gently lift up on the door and remove it from the lower cam assembly. You will see two plastic cam pieces; one on the lower bracket and one on the door. Both need to be changed to effectively "renew" the door closing mechanism. Once the cams are replaced the door can be reassembled to the refrigerator.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Lower Door Closing Cam

Part Number: PS327641

$3.76
In Stock

Lower Door Closing Cam (Now subbed to Door Cam)

Part Number: PS4082687

$3.83
In Stock