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KitchenAid Trash Compactor Drive Gear Replacement #675370

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This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the drive gear sprocket on a KitchenAid trash compactor. The most common reason for replacing the sprocket is when the trash compactor is making loud noise.

All of the information for this sprocket replacement video is applicable to the following brands:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Jenn Air, Maytag, Roper

Tools used: multi-screwdriver, ¼ inch nutdriver bit, 15/16 socket, crescent wrench, flat head bit

Step By Step Instructions

1
To replace a power screw sprocket in your trash compactor, you will need to uninstall the appliance from the cabinet.
2
Once the compactor is uninstalled, unplug the power cord.
3
Next, depress the foot pedal pull the container drawer assembly forward and lift it off of the track.
4
Now, carefully set the compactor on its side.
5
Remove the screws securing the bottom panel and pull the panel off.
6
Use a 3/8th inch socket to loosen the motor assembly mounting screws allowing the motor assembly to slide forward and release tension on the chain.
7
Remove the retaining clip securing the large drive gear and pull off the gear.
8
Use a 15/16th inch socket to rotate the power screw clockwise to release the chain from the sprocket you’re replacing.
9
Use the 3/8th inch socket to remove the bolts securing the power screw assembly bracket behind the sprocket.
10
Now unthread the power screw from the ram.
11
Use a wrench to secure the power screw as you unthread the retaining nut securing the sprocket.
12
Pull the old sprocket off of the power screw and remove the first washer.
13
Install the new sprocket by first sliding the provided washer onto the power screw.
14
Now slide on the new sprocket.
15
Rethread the retaining nut then secure the power screw as you tighten the nut.
16
Now thread the power screw back into the ram until the bracket is flush against the base.
17
Replace the bolts to secure.
18
Realign the chain on the new sprocket.
19
Make sure the washer is in place on the gear shaft.
20
Align the chain on the sprocket of the large drive gear and slide the gear onto the shaft.
21
Secure it with the retaining clip.
22
Now remove the screw securing the motor cover and pull off the cover.
23
You can now pull the motor assembly back to put tension on the chain so the chain moves no more than 3/8th of an inch.
24
Tighten the motor assembly mounting screws.
25
Reposition the motor cover and secure it with the screw.
26
Replace the bottom panel and secure it with the screws.
27
Return the compactor to its upright position.
28
Reposition the container drawer assembly on the track and push it into place.
29
With the repair completed, plug the power cord back in and reinstall the trash compactor in the cabinet.
Description
This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the drive gear sprocket on a KitchenAid trash compactor. The most common reason for replacing the sprocket is when the trash compactor is making loud noise.

All of the information for this sprocket replacement video is applicable to the following brands:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Jenn Air, Maytag, Roper

Tools used: multi-screwdriver, ¼ inch nutdriver bit, 15/16 socket, crescent wrench, flat head bit
Step-By-Step Instructions
1
To replace a power screw sprocket in your trash compactor, you will need to uninstall the appliance from the cabinet.
2
Once the compactor is uninstalled, unplug the power cord.
3
Next, depress the foot pedal pull the container drawer assembly forward and lift it off of the track.
4
Now, carefully set the compactor on its side.
5
Remove the screws securing the bottom panel and pull the panel off.
6
Use a 3/8th inch socket to loosen the motor assembly mounting screws allowing the motor assembly to slide forward and release tension on the chain.
7
Remove the retaining clip securing the large drive gear and pull off the gear.
8
Use a 15/16th inch socket to rotate the power screw clockwise to release the chain from the sprocket you’re replacing.
9
Use the 3/8th inch socket to remove the bolts securing the power screw assembly bracket behind the sprocket.
10
Now unthread the power screw from the ram.
11
Use a wrench to secure the power screw as you unthread the retaining nut securing the sprocket.
12
Pull the old sprocket off of the power screw and remove the first washer.
13
Install the new sprocket by first sliding the provided washer onto the power screw.
14
Now slide on the new sprocket.
15
Rethread the retaining nut then secure the power screw as you tighten the nut.
16
Now thread the power screw back into the ram until the bracket is flush against the base.
17
Replace the bolts to secure.
18
Realign the chain on the new sprocket.
19
Make sure the washer is in place on the gear shaft.
20
Align the chain on the sprocket of the large drive gear and slide the gear onto the shaft.
21
Secure it with the retaining clip.
22
Now remove the screw securing the motor cover and pull off the cover.
23
You can now pull the motor assembly back to put tension on the chain so the chain moves no more than 3/8th of an inch.
24
Tighten the motor assembly mounting screws.
25
Reposition the motor cover and secure it with the screw.
26
Replace the bottom panel and secure it with the screws.
27
Return the compactor to its upright position.
28
Reposition the container drawer assembly on the track and push it into place.
29
With the repair completed, plug the power cord back in and reinstall the trash compactor in the cabinet.

Applicable Product Model

Trash Compactor
Brand
Product Type
Model
Subtype
Product Diagram & Manuals
Parts Needed
Recommended Tools and Accessories
Cleaner
Cleaner
$8.99
Cleaner
Cleaner
$20.66
Cleaner
Cleaner
$14.18
Cleaner
Cleaner
$22.37
Total$0.00

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