ge drive gears stripped on ice maker

How do you replace the drive gears on a ge mechanical ice maker?

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The big gear has a screw and all you have to do is remove the screw. Once the screw is out the gear should come right off. The small gear will prize off with a screwdriver. Both of these gears can be hard to find but most any appliance store (especially independent appliances store that offer service) should have old icemakers lying around. In most cases they will be happy to sell you a gear.

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Feb 28, 2011
ice maker gears
by: terry

I found the ice maker gears for my mechanical ge ice maker at took about 10 minutes to complete the job.

Feb 28, 2011
by: Shawn/admin

Great! I honestly didn’t think they sold either of them especially the small one. Do you still have the part numbers?

Mar 01, 2011
ice maker gears
by: terry

Shawn: Ge mechanical icemaker drive gears



Mar 01, 2011
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by: Shawn/admin

Thank you!!

I should have known this but for years I have been saving the gears off of old icemakers and I was under the assumption you couldn’t get them. They are a little on the expensive side for what they are but it beats a new icemaker.

Mar 03, 2011
ge mechanical icemaker
by: Terry

Shawn, I thought they were pricey but there was nothing else wrong with the icemaker. Its pumping out the ice now.

Feb 19, 2013
Should the gears be lubricated?
by: Oldster1026

Just in the process of replacing the small gear (WR29X5153) which had one broken tooth. Shouldn't complain, I guess, first repair since fridge purchase in 2001. Question is whether a silicone spray or dab of silicone grease will keep it running smooth. Not sure whether some lubricant does any good on nylon gears. Any opinions?

Interesting how the large gear is less than half the price of the small one. Sadly, the small one is probably the most vulnerable to stripping and thus has become a moneymaker for GE.

Feb 19, 2013
by: Shawn/admin

No lubrication necessary on these gears.

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