How to Install the GE Profile Ice Maker Drive Cup


GE Profile refrigerator freezer appliances that have an ice maker dispenser will have a small whitish clear plastic cover at the back end of the ice auger unit called the Bucket Drive Cup. The principal purpose of the cup is to cover the gaps at the sides of the drive mechanism and keep ice from falling behind the mechanism, jamming it. If old or melted ice becomes too tough for the auger to break up, the drive cup can sometimes crack or be broken in two, requiring replacement.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Plastic Drive Cup
  • Turn the ice maker unit to the "Off" position.

  • Slide the ice bin forward gently out of the freezer unit and empty the ice bin to make the auger unit and drive cup visible.

  • Turn the ice bin upside down and unscrew the five Phillips screws that hold the ice auger to the bin. Set them aside within arm's reach.

  • Press in the two tabs that hold the dispenser wheel at the end of the ice auger and slide the end of the ice auger and drive mechanism up and out of the hole in the back of the ice bin.

  • Remove the broken drive cup or the pieces of it and discard them. Slide the new cup over the end of the auger with the narrower end of the drive cup facing into the ice bin.

  • Return the end of the auger back into the hole at the back of the bin while pressing in the two tabs on either side of the wheel mechanism.

  • Flip the bin back upside down and replace the five screws removed earlier, snugging them down but not over-tightening to the point where you strain the plastic.

  • Slide the ice bin back into the freezer and turn the ice maker control back to the "On" position.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the bin does not slide all the way back in after the repair, slide the bin back out and rotate the drive cup and auger mechanism with your hand by a quarter turn. This will help the ice bin to mate with the connection at the back of the freezer and make room for the bin to slide all the way back in.

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