The bottom hinge on your Kenmore Elite refrigerator door utilizes a two-piece hinge cam that helps close the refrigerator door automatically at the slightest touch. One cam installs directly on the hinge and the other cam installs in the bottom of the refrigerator door. The teeth on the hard nylon cams can wear and break over time. Replace the hinge cam on your refrigerator if the door fails to close securely, no longer closes on its own or create the popping and clunking noise as you close the door.
Unplug your Kenmore refrigerator from the electrical receptacle behind it. Move the items from the refrigerator door and compartment into an insulated cooler.
Remove the 5/16 hex screw from the hinge cover at the top of the refrigerator door. Pull the hinge cover off the top of the door to expose the hex-head screws holding the top hinge to the refrigerator.
Remove the hex-head hinge screws from the hinge to release it from the top of the Kenmore Elite refrigerator cabinet. Open the refrigerator door slightly and lift it off the bottom hinge to expose the hinge cam. Lay the door face down on a stable surface.
Remove the hex-head screw holding the cam on the hinge. Slide the old cam off the hinge and replace it with the new hinge cam. Secure it with the screw you removed from the old cam.
Look for the cam on the bottom of the refrigerator door. Remove the 5/16 hex-head screw from the cam. Pry the old cam from the bottom opening in the door, using a flathead screwdriver.
Insert the new cam in the bottom of the refrigerator door. Use the screw from the old cam to secure the new cam to the door.
Lift the Kenmore Elite refrigerator door onto the bottom hinge. Shut the door against the refrigerator body. Secure the hinge to the top of the cabinet with the three hex-head screws.
Place the hinge cover over the hinge. Secure the cover with the remaining 5/16 hex-head screw.
Plug your Kenmore Elite refrigerator into the electrical outlet. Transfer the items from the cooler back into the refrigerator.