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The bucket itself has no bearing on how the icemaker functions. You should be able to remove the bucket and it would still make ice---of course it would dump all over the freezer, but it would still make ice. Either way, if the ice is intermittent something is going on with the arm of the icemaker or the contact inside the head of the icemaker and removing the bucket and re-installing it might move the arm to get it working again sometimes. Either way, the icemaker itself would need to be replaced if the issue is intermittent.
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