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Lower Door Closing Cam

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PartSelect Number PS11739042
Manufacturer Part Number WP2182179
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Lower Door Closing Cam Specifications

The lower door closing cam is used in refrigerator doors, it can be located on the fresh food side or the freezer side. It helps hold the door open. This cam is made out of plastic, so it might crack or wear down over time. If your door will not open and close properly you may need to replace the door closing cam. To successfully install this part, you will need a 5/16 nut driver and a small flat blade screwdriver. Before you begin, unplug your appliance and disconnect the water supply. Lubricating this part may help with installation. This replacement part is sold individually. This part will fit both the left and right side of your refrigerator door. To make the repair, remove the top hinge cover, then the top hinge support. Lift the door from the bottom support and remove the old door cams. Replace the cams, using a little lubricant if necessary, and place the door back on the lower hinge support. Replace the top hinge support and your repair is complete!

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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Door won’t open or close | Clicking sound | Fridge too warm | Noisy
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Maytag.
Part# WP2182179 replaces these:
AP6005980, 2182178, 2182179, WP2182179VP
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Julia
July 20, 2017
When I close my refrigerator door it a) doesn’t stay closed and b) is lower than the freezer door. I was told I need cams for my fridge door but I’m not sure how many I need and where they go. Thanks in advanced!!!
Hello Julia, you are right, if your refrigerator door is not staying closed you should replace the door cams. To make this repair you will need the lower door closing cam WP2182179 and the door cam WPW10329686. Both parts are black in color. You are very welcome, I hope this helps!

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Sav
July 20, 2017
My door is clicking when I’m opening and closing it and it is super annoying. I just bought the fridge gently used and it works great except for the clicking. Can you help?
Hi Sav, it sounds like your door cam WP2182179 needs to be replaced. We recommend replacing the lower door cam with the top one. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

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Eli
July 20, 2017
Changing both lower door cams on freezer and fridge door … this fit both sides??
Hi Eli, great question! Yes, this lower door cam WP2182179 will fit both the left and the right side of your refrigerator/freezer doors. Good luck with this repair.

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Jeff
March 18, 2018
Hi, my Kenmore refrigerator side by side, door will not stay shut on refrigerator side. Can you suggest what door cams or parts i need thanks
For model number Kenmore 106.56542400
Hello Jeff, Thank you for your inquiry. On the door itself, you would need part# WP2182179- the lower door closing cam, part# WP2206629B is the door stop bracket, WP2182181 is the hinge pushing on the top, on the cabinet side, you would need part# WPW10329686 the lower door cam, part# WP2181911 the hinge shim, part# 8201707 the lower door hinge set, part# WP2203771 top hinge-right side, and the hinge cover part# WP2203408B is black, part# WP2203408w is white, and part# 2203408T is bisque in color. Hope this helps!

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Al
June 20, 2019
The refrigerator door sags about an half inch from the top and rubs on the bottom and does not close by itself. Is the hinge cam bad? The freezer door works good. Thank you
For model number 25355333600
Hi Al, Thank you for your question. If the door is not closing correctly, the cam would be one part to check. There are some parts that you will need to check to see which one is causing the issue. You will need to check the hinge bearing, the closer plate, the left and right hinges, the upper hinge bearing, the door stop, the hinge bearing closer, the hinge mounting screw and the upper hinge bracket. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Angela
August 26, 2019
A plastic part broke off of refridge door. The part i need is the whole piece that is under the door when opened. If you open the door , run your hand under door and part goes all the way along underneath door and fits around hinge thing on right side can't find this part anywhere in parts section. It's gray in color since my fridge is stainless. In other words i need the whole piece that is underneath my door. Me fridge has freezer at bottom with 2 side by side doors
For model number Wrf560seym05
Hi Angela, thank you for your question. The piece you are talking about is actually part of your door. It is not a part that is offered separately from it. You would have to replace your door to replace that part. Good luck with your repair.

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Jim
December 3, 2018
Will this lower door closing cam fit
For model number ED2JHAXTB01
Hello Jim, Thank you for the question. Yes, the PS11739042 is the correct Lower Door Closing Cam for the Model number ED2JHAXTB01. Thank you for your inquiry, good luck with this repair!

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Ken Hall
January 21, 2019
I own a whirpool refrigerator (serial # hr34801229) and have recently noticed an unusual noise when opening and closing the refrigerator door. It is not (yet) noticeably harder to close the door itself but the noise of doing so is new. Any idea of what ,may be the cause of this noise? Thank you ken hall - 317 752-3160
For model number wps342F1amoo
Hello Ken, thank you for your question. If the noise is coming from the bottom of the door where the hinge and door meet. There are two plastic pieces that help to open and close the door easily and when they deteriorate they can make noise. The two parts are HINGE-DOOR Part Number: PS12070437 and Lower Door Closing Cam Part Number: PS11739042. I hope this helps!

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Jeremy
November 8, 2017
My fridge door suddenly stopped closing on its own. Which cams do i need to purchase in order to fix it?
For model number ed5gvexvd07
Hi Jeremy, Thank you for your question. I would suggest you taking a look at your door cams and bushings to see if they have worn down. I would also suggest checking the leveling of your appliance as well. If your appliance is not level, your door will open. If all of those parts are fine however, you may have to look at replacing your door gasket. I hope this helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Paul
January 23, 2018
Does my refrigerator fresh food door have a "closing cam? I recently have had to push the door closed the last one-half inch or so.
For model number EHT201ZKWR3
Hello Paul, Thank you for your inquiry. Your model has a plastic washer, a lower hinge pin, a bottom hinge, hinge plate, and door stop instead of a closing cam. I would check the screws to make sure they are tight, and each part of the hinge to be sure it's not damaged. Hope this helps!

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Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Lower Door Closing Cam

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Refigerator door was not closing all the way if not pushed shut.
Remove the top hinge cover. Removed the top hinge support. Lifted the door from the bottom support. Old door cams were worn completly flat. Replaced the lower door cam and closing cam use a little vasalene for lubricant on the cam surfaces. Placed the door back on the lower hinge support. Replaced the top hinge support. Door is closing great now.
Thanks for the quick part deliver.
  • Norbert from Sugar Land, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179, WPW10329686
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Refrigerator Door quit closing on it's own......
Door quit closing on it's own......

** Order the following from www.partselect.com

Lower Door Closing Cam -- Part Number: PS323495

Upper Door Closing Cam -- Part Number: PS327641




1. 1/4 drive socket and standard socket
2. On top of door .... remove black plastic bracket cover on top of hinge
3. Have someone hold the frige door in place
4. On top of door .... remove 3 screws that hold the hinge onto the frige..... at this time, door will be loose
5. Lift door up and off the bottom hinge.
6. sit door on the ground. Tilt door at an angle for access to the "cam"
7. On frige, at the bottom, use socket to remove one screw that holds the old "bottom" cam in place..... then replace with new one.
8. While door is tilted, use socket to remove one screw that holds the "top" cam in place.
9. You will need to gently pull this cam out.... shouldn't take too much effort though.
10. Replace with new cam.
11. put door back on hinge
12. At top of frige, reinstall 3 screws
13. Reinstall plastic cover.
14. Voila, you're done

Thanks PartSelect !
  • T.w. from Batesville, AR
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179, WPW10329686
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The refrigerator door was difficult to maintain closed
Because the lower cams are made out of hard plastic the repeated opening and closing of the door wore them out. The hardest part was taking all of the food that is normally stored in the door.

First step was to determine whether the screws were metric or US standard - they are metric. The next step was to remove the top hinge in order to remove the door and replace the bottom cams and brackets. This took a couple of minutes, replacing the cams was about 5 minutes and putting the door back on the pivot and reattaching the top hinge was another couple of minutes.

If I had called a service tech they would have charged a minimum of two hour and for the parts. I estimate that I saved myself about $100.
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Door was making a clunking noise
The door is very easy to remove. There is one nut for the cap on the top of the soor hinge. Once the cap is removed, you need to remove the 3 nuts holding the hinge in place. Simply lift the door off the lower hinge and rest it on the dining room table. I set towels down to protect the stainless finish. The closing cam will be visible on the bottom of the door. I choose to replace the lower cam and the upper cam at the same time. I did not know what the problem cam was. The door works good as new. I put a small amount of vaseline where the two cams rub to provide a lubricant.
  • Erik from Yorba Linda, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179, WPW10329686
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We noticed the Refridgerator door had dropped and found the lower cams to be broken and worn.
First I removed the bolt that holds the cover on the top hinge bracket. Then I removed all items from the shelves inside the door by lifting the shelves out and placing them on the counter. Next I removed the 3 screws holding the hinge bracket on, this disconnects the top of the door from the cabinet. Then I lifted the door off the lower cam, removed the screws that held the cam in place on the door and the lower bracket on the cabinet and replaced the cams. I smeared some Vaselene on the cams and placed the door back on the lower cam, reconnected the upper hinge and replaced the hinge cover. All done and it works great!
  • Tom from Allendale, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    EDR5RXD1, WP2182179
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Worn out door plastic cam
Replaced the door cam on bottom of fridge door. ONE THING TO UNDERSTAND- THERE ARE 2 CAMS ON THE DOOR, LOWER AND UPPER, BUT THE UPPER CAM IS NOT LISTED ON THE "DOOR HARDWARE" DRAWING, ITS LISTED ON THE MAIN BODY DRAWING! BE SURE TO GET BOTH CAMS! (PARTSELECT COULD MAKE A NOTE THAT WHEN PEOPLE LOOK UP LOWER CAM, PUT A NOTE IN THERE SAYING Y0U NEED UPPER TOO!)So I had to order the upper cam later and install later. BUT it is quite easy to replace, unlike the video, I only needed 1 tool! The nut driver (electric screwdriver w nut driver head). Thanks -RF
  • ROGER from WAXHAW, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179
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Frige Door Wouldn't Stay Closed, Would open when freezer door was closed.
Parts arrived at 2:30PM.

Read instructions, gathered tools, and went to work. I'd already watched an online video at your site on how to do the repair.

Removed the hinge cover covering the hinge top by using a nut driver to remove the single screw holding it in place. (The video described an older frige and it did not have a screw. I figured that out when I finally went and got a ladder. I had tried to pop it out like the video shows.) There are three screws holding the hinge top in place. I tried using the nut driver to remove the screws but they were pretty firmly in place. I resorted to using my ratchet wrench and that made it easy. (Keep track of your screws, one of mine rolled under a cereal box on top of the frige and I thought I would never find it.)

I had emptied out all the items on the door of the frige, removing the shelves. It was easy to lift the door off of the bottom hinge and lay it on its side against the ladder. At this point I had my son hold the door steady (its kind of unwieldy and 'slippery' when you are trying to remove a screw from the bottom of the door.)

I removed the screw that held the plastic Door Closer, Upper Cam using the nut driver. I used a straight bladed screw driver to pry the old part out of the door (it has an insert for the hinge pin and it had been in place a long time). I also cleaned off the bottom of the frige door (you would be surprised what gets stuck on there - obviously someone spilled oranged juice on the floor and it splashed up on the bottom of the door). The old part had a lot of particle dust that came off it when I removed it. The new part popped right into place and I screwed it back in. The video shows that the repairman had to use a drill and tap set to rethread a larger hole but I just put the old screw back and it held fine. The video also showed the repairman adjusting the Door Stop Bracket but I didn't have to do that, the new cam installation wasn't impeded by the bracket.

I moved to the frige cabinet (again, good to have a second pair of hands to keep track of the door and not let it get damaged while I turned my attention to the Door Closer, Lower Cam. I used the nut driver to remove the screw holdin it to the hinge bottom. It came off easily (it practically fell apart and turned to dust). I placed the new cam and screwed it in using the old screw. No problem.

You could put the door back on with one person but it helps to have two. One to manhandle the door and the other to place it on the lower hinge post.

I put the upper hinge back on and put in the three screws but I left them lose so that I could adjust the door. When I tighted the single screw closest to the door after positioning the door, we tested how it opened and it was hitting the side of the interior cabinet when it closed - you could feel it dragging and it made a clunk/swoosh sound. We readjusted the door using the outside upper corner as a guide and retightened the screw. This time there was no problem. We tighted the other two screws using the ratchet wrench and then put the plastic hinge cover back on with the single screw using the nut driver.

Took us about 25 minutes and made my wife very happy (biggest benefit). The door now 'locks' open and 'locks' closed just like when we bought it and the two doors are aligned (level accross the top) which should have been a dead giveaway that the door closing cams had worn down.

Done by 3:00PM.
  • Michael from Las Vegas, NV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179, WPW10329686
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Refrigerator door failing to close without being pushed shut
Replaced upper cam piece on bottom hinge and also replaced pivot thimble on upper hinge.
No problems, except pivot thimble glued in place. Had to cut up and pull out with pliers. Everything works like new now.
  • Kenneth from Greeley, CO
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182181, WP2182179
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Refrigerator door fails to close on its own like it is designed to.
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.
  • Jay from Oconomowoc, WI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179, WPW10329686
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Door would not auto close
I removed the screws on the upper hinge and removed the door. I removed the lower cam in about 2 minutes and had it replaced. The upper cam was a tight fit in the door and I resorted to vise-grips to remove it. Total time to replace cams and put the door back on was 30 minutes. This saved me $100.
Thanks
  • James from Hampton, NH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP2182179, WPW10329686
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