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Old 06-14-2024, 09:28 AM   #1
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Wood Panel on the Refrigerator Slid Off

I drove home on some rough pavement yesterday and when I got home the wood panel on the front of the refir door had slid all the way to floor holding the refrigerator open in summer heat. Not good.

I has able to slide back into position and heard a click. I do not want this to happen again, so I am thinking about some glue or adhesive spread between the wood panel and the front of the door. Anyone else experience this?
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Old 06-14-2024, 11:59 AM   #2
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Haven't experienced this, but some strong, outdoor double sided tape might work. Also consider getting a refrigerator lock.
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Old 06-15-2024, 05:18 PM   #3
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In order to keep the panel in place, the repair needs to resist shear. Tape is the wrong answer for shear strength. Building adhesive will work.
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Old 06-15-2024, 07:48 PM   #4
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Maybe someone rotated the door so the hinge is on the other side. Mine has stops on the bottom so the panels can’t fall out. Nothing on the top except the trim.
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Old 06-16-2024, 10:04 AM   #5
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The stop at the bottom of the panel was on the floor with the bottom of the panel.
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Old 06-17-2024, 11:22 AM   #6
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Five years and 20k miles ago I installed three small screws in the bottom of each wood panel because there were several reports of the panels falling out during travel.

Today the wood panels are still in the same location they were when they left the factory.
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Thanks Tundra.
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Old 06-18-2024, 09:00 AM   #8
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Heavy decorative panel is all it is. Serves no function. Nor has it every been necessary for me to remove mine so I see no harm in gluing it in place. Or using a couple small screws to make it removeable. My appliances are "stainless steel" and probably lightweight plastic simulations -- again never seen any reason to remove them.

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I did something similar to Tundra. I used construction adhesive on the back and two button head socket cap screws big enough to screw into the holes where the 2 original bottom support pins are located. Haven't had an issue since.

I also had to put on a strap to keep the fridge door closed when travelling. There is enough flex in the system for it to pop open and dump the contents all over the floor. I had to do this to the medicine cabinet and the oven door.

I like to camp remote and apparently these units are not too happy about that.
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thanks for the replies.
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