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I keep getting plastic shavings with ice dispenser. I adjusted the end thrust washer and replaced the blade on cylinder that pushes ice cubes out but no help in solution of this problem.

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  • omega60 Apr 16, 2009

    farfield,



    Need to get eyes and ears on problem--postively sure its not prior shavings of plastic. It may be the auguer part that is shaving the plastic off the bottom before it was the blade that had execessive play. However at the end where the thrust bearing is located there is alot of play--that is the hole is not perfectly round but rather oblong and yes I replaced the end cap and measured it and it was the same dimensions as previous cap. It oblong hole the thrust washer fits in allows the auguer to travel vertically along its axis thus it must be causing the auger to scrap at the bottom of the ice container producing the plastic shavings. I still don't know how to resolve this unless I purchase another auguer. What do you think?

    Perhaps if I disassemble it again and lay a straight edge along the horizon axis of auger I may find a bent auguer--don't know until I try it.



    thanks



  • omega60 Apr 16, 2009

    Good idea. Thanks! I'll try that.

  • Farley Redfield
    Farley Redfield May 11, 2010

    You have to be eyes and ears on this problem. Find where the Plastic is getting shaved off from. This will tell you what to look at. You will probably see why its coming off when you see where its coming from.

    Sounds like you had a great idea at first. Are you sure the plastic your getting now is fresh? Could it have been left behind from previous scraping?


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Yes you are onto it. Take the auger out and roll it on a flat surface noting the center axis. If it wobbles its bent.

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