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Refrigerator door lube, plugs

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Tom Del Rosso, Mar 30, 2007.

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  1. I reversed my refrigerator door yesterday. Two issues:

    1- Some of the hole plugs crumbled and they are discontinued. This is a
    Magic Chef RB151TV (white). These should be easy to substitute, but how to
    get a substitute that fits?

    2- When I pulled the hinge pins out of the doors some black powder came out.
    Do they lube these with graphite? The doors are a little stiff now and they
    don't close by themselves unless the whole unit is tilted way back. Only
    the bottom hinge allows any alignment, but I tried moving it already, and
    there is no change in resistance in the door's range of motion.

  2. Appliance parts store.
    The powder is probably wear. Ask the store for a lubricant.
  3. hr(bob)

    hr(bob) Guest

    Try a hardware store that sells plumbing and electrical plugs. You
    might have to paint them white. Also, what about plugs from an
    automotive repair parts area. WD-40 on the hinges should loosen them
    up, clean up any overspray to keep from discolring the painted areas.

    H. R. (Bob) Hofmann
  4. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    And if you get really stuck, pick up some nylon or Delrin rod stock. A
    power drill held in a bench vice can function as a poor man's lathe,
    I've used that method to make simple parts before I met friends with a
    machine shop.
  5. SparkyGuy

    SparkyGuy Guest

    Try a hardware store that sells plumbing and electrical plugs. You
    It may some as a surprise to some, but WD-40 is not a lubricant. A decent
    cleaner and solvent, yes (but way too smelly for a place where you're going
    to be cooking and storing food, IMHO).

    If you use it on your hinges, follow it up with a true oil or light grease.
  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Well it is a lubricant, but not a very good one. Anything slippery is
    technically a lubricant, even water. It evaporates too quickly to work
    long term, it does however work well for flushing old grease out and
    washing new grease or oil into tight areas.
  7. JR North

    JR North Guest

    Home Despot or Lowes for the plastic plugs. Lube the hinges.
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