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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    You will need to remove the bottom to gain access. There are screws hiding under the rubber feet. Once you get it open you should be able to figure out how to access that motor. In my case it took a shot of PB Blaster penetrating oil and some elbow grease to get it to unsieze. (I worked it gently at first in both directions till it freed up.)On a positive note, we have used it dozens of times since I fixed it and it is working perfectly now. The rebuilt battery pack is holding up well (2+ years now). Based on knowing how sensitive it is to corrosion, I dry it thoroughly after each use and also make sure not to allow the ice to drip down into the lower blender motor by leaving the blender glass on the unit before cleaning it up.

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    Great ideas ... thanks. In this case, the plugs that were covering those screws were all hidden under the removable (for cleaning) top ice chamber, so aesthetics weren't all that important. I figure I can easily drill these out again if ever needed. And on your comments on it being unusable and not having anything to lose in attempting to fix it, I AGREE 100%! Being a retired engineer, I love to understand how things work and get great pleasure from fixing things. Thanks again for posting your diagrams and procedure for fixing the lower drive gear. It was the ONLY USEFUL REFERENCE that I could find for these machines on the Internet anywhere. .

    Well, today I tried to pry those white plastic caps out from the top of the Margaritaville Machine. Unfortunately, they were not designed to be removed. I ended up drilling one out and saw the Phillips head screw that I had suspected was hidden underneath. I then did the same for the other 4 screw caps. Note that two of the holes were smaller, so I used different size drills to allow different size screwdrivers to access those fasteners. Then I needed to drill out two more after removing that top plastic bezel. I also needed to pry off two plastic caps, but once that was done I got the remaining screws out and was able to access the top motor.It turned out that it was completely locked up, so I sprayed the bearing with penetrating oil and then use a pliers to work it back and forth …

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    Well, today I tried to pry those white plastic caps out from the top of the Margaritaville Machine. Unfortunately, they were not designed to be removed. I ended up drilling one out and saw the Phillips head screw that I had suspected was hidden underneath. I then did the same for the other 4 screw caps. Note that two of the holes were smaller, so I used different size drills to allow different size screwdrivers to access those fasteners. Then I needed to drill out two more after removing that top plastic bezel. I also needed to pry off two plastic caps, but once that was done I got the remaining screws out and was able to access the top motor.It turned out that it was completely locked up, so I sprayed the bearing with penetrating oil and then use a pliers to work it back and forth till it loosened up. I then scraped away the old grease and repacked the bearing with new lithium grease. .I tried the motor and since it was now working re-assembled everything. Since I could not replace the drilled out plastic covers, I simply filled the top with hot glue to make it waterproof. All is now working again. I am putting these notes here for the benefit of anyone else who has a similar dilemma on how to get that thing open.I have been fixing things for nearly 5 decades and accessing this unit was about as challenging as anything I have worked on over that period of time. They definitely did not want to make it repairable ....

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    Thanks for the reply. They are wedged in so tightly that they will likely get destroyed trying to remove them. I suspect that the only thing that will be thin enough to get in there is an Exacto blade edge. At this point I have nothing to lose since the unit is frozen solid and wont budge even after attempting to use a ratchet on a standard 1/4" x 20 bolt instead of the "spin off" ice auger. I will need physical access to see why it is so locked up.

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