Im having difficulties envisioning just what you are refering to as far as the rod/spring assembly goes.
Is there any chance you could take a digital picture of it so that I can see what you see? I can provide instructions for you to upload the pisture to our servers here at JA.
FYI, I do have a service manual for your unit but the graphics in it suck.
Ok that rod will not affect the ice maker. I have one GE ice maker service manual. If you will confirm that the picture below is the same oine I will upload it for your retrival.
Could you please post the url to that webpage. I have other ice maker manuals but they are strictly visual as far as a model number and manufacturer. If I have a picture of it I can get you the manual.
Ok what I will do is opt out of your question. This will open the question up to other experrts to jump in and answer.
If you find the url just post it and I will see it come up in the list.
if you like go ahead and log off. An email will be sent to you when you recieve a reply.
I just took a picture of an ice auger assembly but need to resize it before I can send it, I'll get back to you soon, thanks Bryan