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How to adjust door hinges on fridge

My Kenmore side by side refrigerator has a door that is sagging a bit and is not sealing. How can I access and adjust the hinges?

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On the door thats sagging on top of the of the door is a cap some have a screw holding it....if not use a screwdriver at the back of the cover and pop it up then you have small bolts some have 2 but most have 3 just loosen up but no need to remove then pull towards the hinge to see it move again move to the to where level you can place something in the gap between the door or have someone hold the door in place then reverse order to complete

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