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Old 09-03-2010, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default New Chest Freezer hinges are locked

So I removed the lid from my new Kenmore 8.8 cu ft Black Chest Freezer to build a collar. Now, the part of the hinge that connects to the lid is locked down, and I can not get it to release. Is there a trick to get it back up? It's not just the spring holding it down, I've pulled so hard it felt like I was going to rip the whole assembly off of the freezer itself.

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Old 09-03-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Read the manual. I think they have a safety pin or something for transport or disposal.

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Old 09-03-2010, 10:45 PM   #3
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Yeah, that was the first thing I did. Nothing in there about the hinge.

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:11 PM   #4
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I'm assuming the lid open and closed fine before you started this? I used to do appliance repair. Only one or two companies make these things and everybody puts their names on them. I know of no locking mechanism other than the front latch.

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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Yes, it was working fine. It's brand new. I'm going to take it off the bottom part and see if I can't figure it out.

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Old 09-04-2010, 12:42 AM   #6
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it take more force than you think to move those hinges when they are not attached, clamp a vice grips on there and try and move it

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Loosen the nut on the threaded rod that goes through the spring. The nut is for adjusting the tension of the spring. Loosen or remove the nut completely and you should be able to easily open and close the hinge. IOW, release the spring tension first. This also makes re-attaching the hinge a snap. Re-tension the spring after you remount the hinges. Adjust to the desired level of tension to offset the weight of the lid so it stays open when lifted. You may need a deep socket to do this as there usually won't be much room inside the hinge leg to use any other type of wrench.

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what about re attaching it to the freezer and then folding it down?

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