Hope I'm being clear. On the right is the new part and the inlet is in the foreground. The pic also shows the difference in the new and the original brackets. There's no (what I thought was a fastener) between the mounting holes.
Yes, you have to pull those two brackets apart like the video mentions, now some are pretty much STUCK tight together, you will need to force the brackets apart. If you have a shop vise grip and a chisel that would do it.
Why Whirlpool made the valve like this is beyond me.
Don't think I can get a pic witht he water on without soaking my phone. It's leaking over the top of the plastic piece. Between the plastic and the bracket. There's a maybe ⅛" or ¹⁄₁₆" gap between the two. The plastic piece seems to slide over a metal tube that has a hole in the side that feeds the plastic elbow. I think I see the hole right near the top of the elbow and that's what's spraying out. Like the elbow isn't all the way up in place.
I'll work on the valve and see if I can fix the inlet. If I can't, can you give me a part# for the inlet (elbow)?
I've attached two better pics to be sure. In one you can see there's like a 64th gap between the plastic and the metal connector and a small notch in the plastic. It started leaking through that notch but now leaks all around between the plastic and metal.
I tried tightening the four screws. Anything else to try other than replace the part?
Just curious, is this a common problem? The leaking inlet, I mean.
And FYI, for me the instructions were little help. No way the two brackets would just slide apart like the instructions say. I tried to slide apart, pry apart, nothing moved. Not having whatever tool removes that middle fastener, I got nowhere until I drilled it out.
Trust me Lou, the instructions and the video is the only way to do it, I've replaced about 100 of these the exact same way in the last 30 years for my customers, and yes some are extremely hard to seperate, but with force it will break free.
If I was your next door neighbor, You could bring it to my house and I would show you how to do it with brute force.
A couple that where on super tight and few choice F bombs did the trick. LOL
The leaking connector valve is extremely rare, but can happen.
Look at the photo in your post #16, you will see the smaller diameter water line goes up to the ice maker, so it came off the old brown solenoid, and it goes on the new red solenoid of your new water inlet valve.
The smaller diameter 1/4" goes up to the ice maker.
The larger diameter 5/16" goes on the left side to your water dispenser which is the green solenoid of the new water inlet valve.