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How to Replace a Turntable Motor Published 13/03/2007

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The rotating plate in your microwave ensures your food is evenly cooked and optimally delicious. When that plate stops spinning on its own, you may need to replace its motor. Here's how:

Safety first: unplug the microwave from the mains before getting started.

Turntable motor

  • Remove the microwave turntable and ring tray
  • Place a towel on a flat work surface, and carefully turn the microwave oven upside down
  • Remove the retaining screws from the motor housing and lift it off
  • Mark the positions of the wires with tags and take a picture of the wiring on a camera phone, so you know exactly how to put it back together
  • Unscrew the microwave motor and replace it with an identical microwave motor for your appliance model number
  • Reconnect the wires as marked, and refit the motor housing and screws
  • Set the microwave oven upright, plug it in, switch it on and test that the motor is now working properly

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