Things you will need
How-To open up the breadmaker
- A large clear table with lots of room to work.
- At least 4 small dishes to keep screws organized.
- A few screwdrivers - 1 or 2 Phillips head, 1 or 2 straight (slotted) with long shanks are best.
- A straight screwdriver to be modified
- Utility knife or Xacto knfe
- Modify a straight screwdriver by taking a dremel tool with a 1/32" or 1/64" thick cut-off wheel and grind a notch in the centre of the blade as pictured below.The depth of the notch is best around 1/16" deep because there are other screws in the machine that will need this screwdriver. However for our purposes here we only need it for 2 screws
- Proceed to remove the screws from the bottom of the machine. There are 4 Phillips/Straight screws (can use either type) and 2 of the special screws and set to the side in a dish. The screw locations are shown below: 1=Normal Screws -- 2=Special ScrewsThe special screws look like:
- Turn the machine over and disassemble the lid by opening up the lid and removing the 5 screws shown below and set aside in a dish*Note be careful when removing the metal plate, the window is made of glass and can easily fall out and break, remove carefully. Also the plastic vent is just sitting in its opening and can fall out.
- Once you have removed the metal plate, remove the 2 screws holding the lid to the hinges and slide the lid off the hinges, put screws with the others from the lid as they are the same. Screws shown below
- Remove the controls and display. There are 3 screws as shown below, they are covered by little white plugs which are most easily removed with the point of a utility or Xacto knife, put the screws and plugs in a dish.There are also 4 clips holding the panel in place, 2 pop off easily, the last two are near the display and can be awkward
- Now remove the 8 screws from the bottom of the "oven" walls, locations shown below and put in a dish.
- There are 8 clips inside the machine that hold the top to the bottom, with any luck they won't really be holding well and you can lift the top off. Start by pulling the left side up, letting the clips pop open. While lifting the top, carefully feed the control panel through the opening below it and finish taking the cover off. If the top doesn't come off easily, you may have to remove the "oven" walls by carefully prying up the top lip. If you get stuck the seal around the outside of it can be removed as well with the use of a small screwdriver or a utility knife.
There you now have the cover off and you can have fun working on the innards of the machine.
One problem area I discovered is the main drive belt. You may want to check that if the machine suddenly stops running and you think the motor is fried. The problem is the pulley on the motor shaft can slide up towards the motor causing the belt to slide off.
Reassembly is simply the reverse of of the above procedure.
I hope this guide has helped and good luck repairing your machine.
You can also find this guide at my site at ianchristie dot info
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