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KitchenAid Trash Compactor Drive Motor Replacement #W10318887

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This video provides step-by-step instructions for replacing the drive motor on KitchenAid trash compactors. The most common reasons for replacing the motor are if the compactor is making a humming noise, will not start, or will not stop, and the problem is not with the safety or start switches, the gears, the chain, or the power screws.

All of the information in this drive motor replacement video is applicable to the following brands: Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Kenmore, Maytag, Jenn Air

Tools used: multi-screwdriver, 1/4” nutdriver bit, 3/8” socket, flat-head bit

Step By Step Instructions

1
To replace the motor 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
Carefully set the compactor on its side.
5
Remove the screws securing the bottom panel.
6
Pull the panel off.
7
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.
8
Remove the retaining clip securing the large drive gear and pull off the gear.
9
Use a hammer and punch to knock out the roll pin securing the small drive gear to the old motor.
10
Pull the gear off
11
Now remove the screw securing the motor cover and pull the cover off.
12
Reach in and disconnect the wire harness.
13
Now remove the motor assembly mounting screws from the base.
14
Carefully pull out the old motor assembly.
15
Note the orientation of the motor on the mounting plate and remove the mounting nuts securing the motor.
16
You’re now ready to install the new motor.
17
Align the mounting plate on the new motor and replace the mounting nuts.
18
Now position the motor and plate in the base.
19
Rethread the screws but avoid tightening them at this time.
20
Slide the small drive gear onto the shaft of the new motor and secure it with the roll pin.
21
Make sure the washer is in place on the large gear shaft.
22
Realign the chain on the sprocket of the large drive gear and slide the gear onto the shaft.
23
Replace the retaining clip to secure.
24
Pull the motor assembly back to put tension on the chain so the chain moves no more than 3/8th of an inch.
25
Now tighten the motor assembly mounting screws.
26
Connect the wire harness to the new motor.
27
Reposition the motor cover and secure it with the screw.
28
Replace the bottom panel and reinstall the screws.
29
Return the compactor to its upright position.
30
Reposition the container drawer assembly on the track and push it into place.
31
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 instructions for replacing the drive motor on KitchenAid trash compactors. The most common reasons for replacing the motor are if the compactor is making a humming noise, will not start, or will not stop, and the problem is not with the safety or start switches, the gears, the chain, or the power screws.

All of the information in this drive motor replacement video is applicable to the following brands: Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Kenmore, Maytag, Jenn Air

Tools used: multi-screwdriver, 1/4” nutdriver bit, 3/8” socket, flat-head bit
Step-By-Step Instructions
1
To replace the motor 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
Carefully set the compactor on its side.
5
Remove the screws securing the bottom panel.
6
Pull the panel off.
7
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.
8
Remove the retaining clip securing the large drive gear and pull off the gear.
9
Use a hammer and punch to knock out the roll pin securing the small drive gear to the old motor.
10
Pull the gear off
11
Now remove the screw securing the motor cover and pull the cover off.
12
Reach in and disconnect the wire harness.
13
Now remove the motor assembly mounting screws from the base.
14
Carefully pull out the old motor assembly.
15
Note the orientation of the motor on the mounting plate and remove the mounting nuts securing the motor.
16
You’re now ready to install the new motor.
17
Align the mounting plate on the new motor and replace the mounting nuts.
18
Now position the motor and plate in the base.
19
Rethread the screws but avoid tightening them at this time.
20
Slide the small drive gear onto the shaft of the new motor and secure it with the roll pin.
21
Make sure the washer is in place on the large gear shaft.
22
Realign the chain on the sprocket of the large drive gear and slide the gear onto the shaft.
23
Replace the retaining clip to secure.
24
Pull the motor assembly back to put tension on the chain so the chain moves no more than 3/8th of an inch.
25
Now tighten the motor assembly mounting screws.
26
Connect the wire harness to the new motor.
27
Reposition the motor cover and secure it with the screw.
28
Replace the bottom panel and reinstall the screws.
29
Return the compactor to its upright position.
30
Reposition the container drawer assembly on the track and push it into place.
31
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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