Refrigerator Repair- Replacing the Lower Hinge Pin (Whirlpool Part # 61003174)

Hi, it’s Ervin from We’re going to explain you how to change the lower hinge pin on your refrigerator. It’s a really easy job; all We’re going to need is a Phillips screwdriver, and 5/16ths nut driver. Let me explain you how we do it.

Now to do this repair the first thing we’ll do is open the freezer door and we’ll remove any of the items that are on these shelves and set those aside. Next we’ll pop the hinge cover off; there are three tabs on the bottom and two across the top, set that aside. Now We’re going to pull that water line out from the kick plate and we’ll disconnect at that point. door to its
Just simply depress the culet on that quick connect and pull the tubing out.

Now We’re ready to take the hinge cover off and remove the top hinge. Now next we’ll remove the cover for the hinge, it’s held in place with a single Phillips head screw. Just lift that off, next we’ll disconnect the wire harness, and then We’re going to remove three 5/16ths head screws. Now just rotate that hinge around on top of the door. Now we can take the door off and set that aside.

We’ll take a little caution when lifting that door off as we do have to pull that water line up through the bottom hinge pin.
There. Now with the door removed we have access to the lower hinge pin; it just sits into this bracket with a friction fit.

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Sometimes you can just pull it right out and if not just take a small flat blade screwdriver and work in under the edge of it, and just pop that out.

There is a locating pin that fits into the round hole and of course the square portion will lock it into place.
Simply press it down into position and We’re ready to reinstall the door.
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Now when reinstalling the door you may need some help in guiding that water line through the hinge pin; make sure that it doesn’t kink, and then just rotate the door to its closed position, and then we’ll line up the top hinge.

Start these screws by hand; remember to keep the gasket in place underneath the hinge. We won’t tighten those screws until we line the door up, make sure we have an even gap between the two doors and it should also be parallel along the side of the cabinet. Once we have it straight we can tighten those three screws.

Reconnect the wire harness, and reinstall the hinge cover. Make sure it hooks on the front, and just tighten the Phillips screw to hold it in place, and now we can reconnect the water line. With the door in place and lined up we’ll reconnect the water line so open the door up, take the old water line, we need to insert that into the coupling about 5/8ths of an inch, just tug back on it make sure it’s firmly in place, tuck that coupling into the opening in the kick plate, and we’ll reinstall the hinge cover, hook the bottom three tabs in first than snap the top two in place, and our repair is complete. Told you it was an easy job.

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your repair.