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I have a GE GTS18EBMFRWW fridge. The evaporator fan shaft is very wobbly causing the fan to strike the rear cover. Does the fan motor need to be replaced?

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This DIAGRAM shows the fan motor and fan blade as being able to be replaced separately. The shaft is part of the motor so it will probably have to be replaced.

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