Models > KUCS181T0 > Instructions

KUCS181T0 KitchenAid Trash Compactor - Instructions

All installation instructions for KUCS181T0 parts

These instructions have been submitted by other PartSelect customers and can help guide you through the trash compactor repair with useful information like difficulty of repair, length of repair, tools needed, and more.

All Instructions for the KUCS181T0
1-7 of 7
Search Instructions
Keep searches simple, eg. "belt" or "pump". Need help?

Scratches in Surface

  • Customer: Michelle from Richardson TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 11 of 13 people found this instruction helpful
This product comes in a bottle with a brush like Liquid Paper. It goes on incredibly easy. A second coat might be needed. I wanted to prevent rust from setting in so I covered the scratches and dings. The paint is a little brighter since my washer is 10 years old but it still looks great.

transmission drive belt broken

  • Customer: Luke from Port Clinton PA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 2 of 3 people found this instruction helpful
Since the belt broke, I had to put the cogged belt on the large driven pulley first, after loosening the four motor mount screws, and sliding the motor as close to the driven belt as I could. After several tries, I positioned the belt successfully on the driven pulley, then slipped it over the pulley on the motor. I pulled the motor as far away from the driven pulley to put proper tension on the belt without being excessive. I snugged the four motor mount bolts, tested the compactor and after a successful run, tightened the bolts on the motor mount. I then replaced the latch assembly, two screws and it was done.

Top door of machine would not latch

  • Customer: Marcia from Prairie Village KS
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Replaced the old latch knob and installed the new one by twisting it in by hand . That was easy. The part in the door itself was not holding the new latch knob. I tried unsuccessfully to take the door apart to install the new part that goes in the door and grabs the knob. When that didn't work, I stuck what looked like an alternative to replacing that part into the old part. It was a flexible part that was supposed to catch the knob. That worked for a while and then came out. Unfortunately, I'm back to putting a piece of cardboard between the door to make it stay up.

Broken Drive Belt On The Ram

  • Customer: steven from shebogan WI
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 2 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
I Removed The Back Panel To Get At The Top Panel Which In Turn I Got To Top Plate To Access The Gear Drive, The Ram Was In The Down Position So I Used a Socket And Rachet To Crank The Ram Up By Hand, I Then Loosened The Plastic Gear Mount To Move The Gear Forward To Attach The New Belt, Then Reversed The Procedure putting The Campactor In operating Condition And It Work's Great

Both outside door handles turned very beige

  • Customer: Howard from Boynton Beach FL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
  • 4 of 12 people found this instruction helpful
Everything worked perfectly---thanks to the suggestion of your call center agent. She suggested that since the replacement door handles were no longer available, I should consider repainting them--it worked like a charm. Please tell her she was a life saver. We rent that house in Fl and my returning tenants had complained about the discoloring refer handles. Thank you

Broken trash compactor broken drawer slides

  • Customer: Nicholas from North Redington Beach FL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 3 people found this instruction helpful
Parts arrived early and fit exactly. Machine works as new. Happy with dealing with company and would recommend to anyone needing your services.

Door would not stay shut due to worn striker.

  • Customer: Ken from Center Line MI
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
These instructions are for a door with a round metal striker and a latch with 2 small springs. Before ordering parts try loosing striker and rotating it 90 degrees and retighten. With door shut open trash bin and loosen half way 3 screws on bottom of door. Open door and remove 3 screws holding handle to door. Remove 1 screw on each side and using a small flat screwdriver pry front and back of door apart. Use pliers squeeze small tabs on side of latch and push latch out of backside of door. Push new latch in place and loosely install all screws before final tightening. The striker can be held with pliers while removing the nut on the backside with a 1/4 inch drive socket or wrench. Install new striker. Do not over tighten.
All Instructions for the KUCS181T0
1-7 of 7