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The door has come off my fridge because the plastic part, holding the metal thing in place, is broken. I don't know the proper word for it but the metal thing acts like a pivot for the opening and closing of the door. The fridge is model ZI 3165 type B 500600 X No 861120012. Are replacement metal and plastic components available and could a layperson fix the door if given them?

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Hello.
You should be able to fix it yourself. Go to http://www.coastparts.com/ or http://www.marcone.com/

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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Need refrigerator door for Dometic RM7732. Bottom hinge is broken...i.e. and the end of the plastic molding on the bottom of the door..wood panel look.. Looking for salvage door. Does anyone have one?


I suggest you contact your local Yahoo freecycle group and place a request for the item you need. I understand there are other but similar sites that you could try.

I understand social networking sites can also be helpful in such matters.

These days old fridges can't be just dumped and they must be disposed of at official recycling centres. You might find what you are seeking at one or these.

Screws into thin metal or plastic rarely work. The fact the thing broke in the first place is testament to a design not fit for the purpose. It is possible with modern materials and a degree of old-fashioned cunning to make good repairs of such things.

I have recently repaired a pedestal fan with a similar design fault - top heavy design supported by thin plastic that soon grew tired and broke. I glued the parts together with an epoxy resin and then using a thin card template cut and shaped two aluminium reinforcers that I also glued into place using epoxy.

There must be a dozen sorts of filler and bonding filler available, thin metals that are strong but easily cut and shaped, some fantastic adhesives and a wide variety of methods.
One guy I know broke a plastic part on his car. He asked me to drill a series of holes each side of the break and sew it together with thin wire. Once it had been prepared, filled and painted it was as strong as it needed to be.

All these things need is a bit of knowledge and experience and a devious mind...
Good luck!

Jun 29, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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How to repair a broken door handle on a 1997 Buick Park Avenue.


You can find videos about removing the door panel and the exterior door handle on YouTube, so I will not cover those in this post. Other posts about this repair involve things like drilling a hole and inserting a bolt into the broken plastic handle, but if the breakage is in the area where these photos show, those fixes can fail in time. This fix reinforces and improves the faulty design of the part; in other words, auto makers (including BMW!) use plastics where metal, such as light-weight aluminum, should have been used. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Remove the interior door panel. 2. Peel back the plastic covering from the door to access the door's interior cavity. 3. Remove the 2 10mm bolts on either side of the handle securing the door handle to the body. I recommend a ratchet wrench for the easier-to-reach nut and a socket for the other. 4. From the outside, pull the door handle out enough to reach the lock and opener rods from the plastic connectors on the handle so you can remove the handle from the door. 5. Remove the metal door opener arm from the handle. One bolt holds it in place. 6. Fashion a "splint" from a 1" X 1" piece of aluminum. It should be thin enough (about 2 or 3 millimeters thick) to wrap around the broken handle arm as shown in the attached photos. Be CAREFUL not to damage the other plastic handle components. In my photos, it appears a previous owner tried to repair the breakage with a thin bolt. You can see the dried, cloudy-colored glue beneath my aluminum splint. Be sure your splint is wrapped tightly around the broken arm so that the arm cannot come apart again. Good pliers are essential here to bend the aluminum splint as shown. 7. Once completed, reattach the metal opener arm to the handle and ensure the spring end rests in the notch of the arm. 8. Reattach the handle to the door body, ensuring the rods are back in their proper plastic "hooks". You cannot attach them incorrectly, as they only fit one way. Removing and reattaching the screws inside the door cavity can be tricky. The door frame edges are sharp. Be patient and careful not to cut yourself. It will probably take a good five minutes or more to get the screws back in place and tightened.

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on Jul 06, 2015 | Vehicle Parts & Accessories

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Door release buton does not open the door


You can disassemble the microwave oven and check out the release mechanism. You'll find several hooks that hold the door closed and a linkage mechanism to the door opening button. There may be a broken piece of plastic or maybe just a loose or missing screw that holds linkage together. In the case of a broken plastic part, you can fix it with a 2-part epoxy adhesive, but you'll need to permanently splint across the break with a piece of metal or strong plastic that you've scavenged from somewhere. Before epoxying the splint in place, rough up all plastic surfaces where you want the epoxy to stick well.
Good luck.

Mar 16, 2015 | Panasonic Microwave Ovens

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Samsung Fridge - Ice wont drop


Broken wires at the ice maker can cause that problem. Check your digital temperature readout at the top of the refrigerator with the doors open. If it reads 88 88 and has a flashing digit, check the ice maker temperature sensor for a cut or broken wire. The temperature sensor and rubbery gadget holding it in place often fall out of place when the drooping wires snag on the ice scoop or whatever. The sensor assembly is held in place by a wimpy plastic clip that breaks easily. Sometimes the wires get cut or broken when this happens.

After fixing this problem several times, I finally made a metal bracket from aluminum angle, drilled and tapped 4-40 holes in it, and drilled the plastic icemaker to mount it more permanently. I added a wire tie to hold the temperature sensor wire up and away from possible snag sources. The sensor wire and wire tie are not shown in the photo below, but if you have the tools to solder the wires and fabricate a bracket it helps a lot. It is easy to get the ice maker out, once you discover how to remove the drawer from the slides (two plastic clips at the rear of the slides).
Pull the front cover off, take out the two screws, and unplug the wire connector and it drops right out.




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Bracket installed. The sensor is not shown in this photo, but the wire comes out the right side and crosses in front of the metal bracket. The wire tie holds it to the bracket near the top center (hole not shown).

Jun 11, 2013 | Samsung Refrigerators

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Past couple days the refrigerator side is freezing everything. turned the setting all the way back and still freezing......dont know if there is a thermostat and if its a DIY fix


Damper door is either broken, stuck open or stuck open and frozen with ice. Damper door is located in the top left corner of the "refrigerator side" of the fridge. Damper door may be concealed by an outer plastic covering usually held in place by a 1/4 inch screw.
Thanks and let me know if that helps,

Tips Provided by: www.HoustonRefrigeratorRepair.com Brian Gillespie GOFAR Services, LLC

Aug 26, 2011 | Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator

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How to replace a door handle on a 2006 hyundai sonata, i either broke the handle and need to replace it or I am trying to figure out how to fix the drivers side handle


Step1: First, unscrew the 7 screws holding on the door panel
Step2: Next you carefully pry off the tweeter cover that is where the mirror is.Lift the panel up and off of the door . Undo all of the wiring connections except for the window controller.
Step3: Open the 2 black rubber view ports (Circled in Yellow) and roll the window up or down until you see the 10mm bolts that hold the window in place.
Step4: Loosen, but don’t remove these bolts. Slide the window up, and tape it up, or remove the window and set aside. Next, unplug the door lock plug and move the door panel out of the way.Unscrew the gold 10mm bolts that hold on the metal inner door panel . Also remove the Phillips screw that holds the inner door handle on
Step5: Unscrew the small bolt that holds on the lock cylinder that is behind the quarter-sized black cap on the side of the door. Be careful with that little bolt or it will fall into never land .Pull the lock cylinder out and set aside.
Step6: Now grasp the door handle, and with your free hand smack your hand holding the handle towards the back of the car. This will release the door handle.Under the door handle is a Phillips screw. Loosen this screw a few turns but don’t remove.
Step7: Now undo the 3 black star shaped screws on the door lock.You can now wiggle the inside of the door handle until it comes free. See the tabs that hold it onto the door . When you go to put it back on be sure the tabs get back in the right place.Pull the whole inner door panel and lock mechanism free by wiggling it out of where it sits.
Step8: Now you can undo the 3 cables; 1 from the outer door handle yellow mechanism, 1 from the inner door handle mechanism, and 1 from the inner door lock lever.Put on the new lock and put it all back together. Be sure to test it as you go. I had to turn the lock cable to the inner door lock lever 180 degrees because it was not unlocking properly when I put it back together the first time.
A couple of other notes, there are 2 pieces of plastic that are for the robots to use when putting the door together for the first time. one is a 3 pronged white plastic thing riveted to the inside of the metal door panel. The other is a white plastic thing covering the lock mechanism. You can cut off the fingers and throw the plastic cover away they are both useless and in the way.When you put it all back together, just go in the opposite order of disassembly. It is a little tricky to get the yellow plastic outer door handle holder into place. Be sure that the little tabs grab the metal of the door or things will not fit together properly.Be sure to test the power window after you put the window back in place. Do not overtighten the bolts on the window, it is glass…..

Apr 08, 2010 | 2006 Hyundai Sonata

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Ice maker will not make ice cubes, only crushed ice.


take out your ice bin the look in the back of the freezer and ytou will see a small hole with a plastic sqaure actuator.hold the door switch closed and make sure the unit is selected for cubed ice then try and dispence ice if the swaure plastic acuator moves up it is working fine it shoeld drop down when you release the dispencer arm.if it dropps back down then make sure that the metal bail arm is properly inserted into the hole in the auger case when that actuator moves up this opens the small plastic door on the ice bin to allow subed ice to come out.make sure there is no ice build up on the ice bin that would stop the trap door from opening.good luck with you fridge i hope this helps you out,let me know how thing s go for you.

Jan 20, 2010 | Frigidaire FRS23H7C Side by Side...

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THE REFRIGERATOR FREEZER DOOR STAYS SHUT BUT THERE IS NO SUCTION AND I AM GETTING ICE CRYSTALS INSIDE THE FREEZER. WHAT COULD THE PROBLEM BE?


there is some thing wrong whit your door gasket, check your door gasket all around and see if is seal properly, if is broken there is places than custom make fridge gaskets. if by any chance you tuck your doors a part, may be than you dint properly adjust the door or you are missing a shim if so.
use some coins to adjust the hinges. buy placing in between the fridge body and the hinge.
place a piece of paper on the fridge and close the door it shut hold the paper all the way around the door.
Good luck :)

Apr 06, 2009 | Hotpoint RLA50 Refrigerator

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How do i adjust doors so that they close on their own?????????????


Below is instructions on how to make sure doors open and close properly. Ignore the popping open part if this is not happening for you.

Replace a door gasket on a refrigerator....

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Replace a door gasket on a refrigerator: The first thing to do when changing a door gasket is to check and see if you have the proper part before taking the old gasket off. Hold the new gasket up to the fridge door to make sure the gasket is the same size as the old one. Next step is to remove the wrinkles in the gasket caused by folding for shipping. Instructions with the gaskets say to soak the gasket in hot water. Another way is to use a hair dryer to heat the gasket and remove the wrinkles. Be careful not to burn the gasket with the hair dryer. Almost all gaskets in use today are magnetic. I am placing instructions here for the most common one. They have strips of magnetized material inside the gasket material to adhere to the cabinet when the door is closed. Therefore there is sometimes no up or down on the gasket. Some fridge's have magnets on only 3 sides and the side without a magnet is the hinge side gasket. But to be safe, check this before installing. You will certainly want to check for this on older refrigerators that have magnetic door latches. Some of these have no magnets on the latch side of the gasket. There are about three different ways of attaching gaskets. All will be addressed on this page. Remove the food from the shelves on the door. Loosen the screws that hold the metal strips that keep gasket in place on the top half of the door. Back the screws out about 1/4 inch. The gasket has a lip on it that seats in a groove under the top part of the metal strip. Pull the old gasket off. Work the groove on back side of the new gasket under the cutout in the metal strips that holds it on the door liner. Straighten and get good install before tightening screws. Run screws back up against the metal holding strip snugly, not fully tight. Go to the bottom and do the bottom half. By doing the top half first and tightening, then doing the bottom half, you will minimize any warping of the door. If there is warping of the door, we have not yet fully tightened the screws. so you can realign the door easily and then tighten the screws. Check the alignment of the door and be sure the gasket is sealing properly before fully tightening the screws. If the door is warped, (see picture) simply warp it back to a sealing position, then tighten the screws. There are instances where the gasket is too tight on the hinge side, and you may have to shim the door hinges out from the cabinet to keep the gasket from scrubbing when closing. .also use a little petroleum jelly on the gasket on the hinge side will allow the gasket to "settle" better. The hinge side must slide along the cabinet edge while the other 3 sides just close up against the cabinet. The jelly will allow the gasket to rub smoothly and also prevent squeaking noises. Maintenance of the gasket is important also. It should be cleaned on a regular basis. Clean the gasket and the mating cabinet surface with warm soapy water, rinse clean and dry it good. Putting a little baby powder on the sides (except the hinge side because we put the jelly there) will prevent the gasket from sticking and tearing. The heaters in the refrigerator used to keep moisture from forming on the cabinet attracts airborne materials and make the gasket sealing surfaces sticky. The powder will help stop this. Probably 75% of the fridge's made a few years ago use this edge under the metal track....some American made fridge's use the U shaped metal strip and the gasket pushes into the metal strip, (see a picture) the screws that hold this metal strip do not have to be removed or loosened. A lot of fridge's also use the metal strips with out the edge. Some Maytag's and Woods come to mind. The screws go through the metal strip and the gasket as well. The screws have to be removed completely to replace the gasket.
Gasket sheet to assist you in replacing a common door gasket.






Freezer door pops open when I shut the fresh food door:
This happens because the refrigerators of today are air tight, the fresh food door pushes the air into the cabinet as it closes and the air has no place to go but up the air vent into the freezer and "pops" open the freezer door. First thing is make sure the freezer door is capable of closing properly and is not rubbing or catching anywhere. I sometimes add a washer or 2 to the center hinge under the freezer door so it doesn't rub anything. Put a little Vaseline ( or food grade silicone lubricant ) on the hinge side of the seal. I then raise the front of the refrigerator so that the front of the refrigerator is a little higher than the back of the refrigerator. Never level a fridge with a level. Once you have the door closing properly and front slightly higher than the back...let the fresh food door close from 90 degrees on it's own and the freezer door may "pop" open a little but will close again on it's own...and stay closed once all is set up properly. We see this more often now and have no trouble with the door staying open again after setting up the refrigerator properly.
Let me know if this helps, Thanks, Sea Breeze

Mar 20, 2009 | GE Refrigerators

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Sub-zero Refrigerator Door


song to me door gasket was not properly installed, We using electric steamers to make rubber softer and good sticking. Right after door seal was replaced. Also, it could be that: a bottom door hinge parts broken /little white plastic cams damaged/,or, fridge not leveled or too heavy load on door shelfs.

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