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Refrigerator Maytag MSD2454GRQ - Ice Dispenser Yoke

Hello, Bestdarngood:
I've received the ice enclosure (PS109031) and I'm ready to put everything back together. (I was able to disconnect the wire harness from the back wall without much difficulty). Now I could finish the job in a few minutes, except for the fact that I cannot get the ice dispenser yoke off the drive shaft of the auger drive motor. I need to do that so that the motor stays inside the enclosure and only the drive shaft shows through the hole on the enclosure. The dispenser yoke is then attached to the protruding shaft.
I have lubricated the shaft with WD-40 to see if the dispenser yoke can be unscrewed but to no avail. I have used robo grip pliers to hold the shaft in place, while I tried to unscrew the yoke, but still it wouldn't budge... Any suggestions?
If I cannot liberate the yoke, in order to save the motor, I can try to cut it out with a metal hacksaw, but it's not going to be easy because the dispenser yoke is made of heavy metal, maybe steel. (I hate to encounter this type of problem when everything was going so well). Appreciate your help.

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  • Francisco W. Lopez Nov 06, 2008

    Hello, Bestdarngood:

    Thank you very much for your help. Page 61 of the manual was very helpful because I learned that in order to remove the ice dispenser yoke I had to turn the yoke clockwise. This little detail is very important, because clockwise is the opposite to the way you usually unscrew anything. Holding the shaft with my robo-grip pliers and trying to move the yoke, however, still didn't do it. So I used a hammer and, after a few taps, the yoke was finally free. Immediately I attached the auger motor to the enclosure, connected the wires and put the yoke back on the shaft. I then connected the wire harness to the back wall and put the ice enclosure back in place.

    Now everything seems to be working fine, except that I'm getting crushed ice whether I press CRUSH or CUBE. The solution to this problem may be very simple, but I don't know it yet. Do you have any suggestion as to how to correct the problem? If you don't that's OK. It's a small problem that can wait for now. At this point I'm very happy to have being able to replace the ice enclosure successfully... Thanks again for all the help.


    P.D. Member "mselloum" on 9/1/08 posted a question entitled Changing Ice Enclosure that hasn't been answered yet. He or she was wondering how to separate the yoke from the motor. Maybe my experience, especially in what refers to the use of a hammer in this task could be of help.

  • Francisco W. Lopez Nov 07, 2008

    OK. I will post a solution for Mselloum. Maybe I could be of help if he or she is still around and hasn't yet solved the problem. I saying this because it has been more than 2 months since the question was posted.

    Thank you, Bestdarngood. You too have a great day!


  • andrewjsapp May 01, 2009

    Excellent Advice. I too was stuck on how to remove the yoke from the motor assembly. COUNTER CLOCKWISE and HAMMER are the two phrases that fixed it. I found it was easier to simply put light pressure on the armature (inside the magnet) than try to hold on to the shaft with a pair of robogrip pliers. Simply placing light pressure on the armature provided more than enough resistance to "tap" off the yoke. Thanks, you guys were so helpful.

  • Robert Sealschott Aug 01, 2012

    That worked Thanks. RLS


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I think this manual should be relevant to your fridge. Page 61 I think will give what you are looking for much better than I may be able to describe, let me know if it is still being a problem as I suspect the pressure that keeps the yoke on is what you are having problems with.

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    Benjamin Patri Nov 06, 2008

    yeah, a lot of things have the reverse thread, glad to know that it worked out for you. Possibly you have a short somewhere or a bad connection with the ice coming out crushed. If you feel like helping that member, go for it. experience with these things is a great way to give back to the world.

    have a great day


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