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The 2 doors on my Maytag SXS aren't even in the front when they close. The refig side sticks out. The doors are otherwise level and even in all respects. I adjusted top & bottom hin

Adjusted top & bottom hinges on refrigerator door

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Hello Joe;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

This was your first time setting the gap between the doors. So, I will share with you the various ways to adjust the doors gap.

1.) On the bottom of some doors there are adjustment screws for pitching the door left or right to set the gap. This was a good design idea, but there is not locking nut to hold the setting. Opening and closing the door will remove the setting. So, if you have these adjust screws, we will forget them.

2.) Lets try this: Adjust the front leveling bolts. Loosen the top of the door hinges. If the gap is smaller at the top, lower the leveling bolt up on the left hand side. Turn the bolt counter clockwise to raise. Pound on the doors to free them to adjust. If the gap is smaller on the bottom, on the right jacking screw, raise the jack bolt by turning the jack bolt clockwise. Once again, pound on the door to free for the adjustment. Then tighten to top door hinges.

3.) OK, This did not set the gap. The gap between the door is different depending on the model. Determine the gap which you would like to set. Using something solid like pieces of wood (do not use cardboard it will crush), loosen the top hinges, evenly space the wedges and tape them to the door. Now tighten the top hinges and remove the wedges.

4.) Ok, This did not set the gap. Look on the bottom of the door at the hinge. You have a matching set of grommets. These grommets interlock when the doors close to keep the doors closed. These are high wear components. The doors rest on these components. One grommet set may be more warn than the other affecting the door gap

Posted on Dec 05, 2014

Testimonial: "Thank you, Peter. You went to a lot of trouble and gave a very detailed & clear explanation, however, the gap between the doors is not the problem. I guess I wasn't clear. The problem is, when both doors are shut, the door on the refer side sticks out slightly, meaning it doesn't close as tightly (I guess), although it seals. The seal just isn't as compressed as it is on the freezer side. I know how to adjust the gap, level the doors, and raise the front a tad to make the doors close better, so none of those are the problem. You did mention the black rubber cams on the bottom hinge, which I noticed when I had the hinge off. I lubricated that, as it looked dry to me. But you think it may be worn, and not holding the door as tightly as when the machine was new? I can certainly order new cams & put those in, to see if that helps. There are 2-upper & lower, though I suspect they are identical, just one is upside-down. Why don't they make these out of neoprene or something more durable?"

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