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The door catch on my Bosch 8656 built in microwave has failed after only two years use. The catch itself is not broken but the spring mechanism inside the door no longer pushes the catch into the closed position. Is this a common fault?

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Yes, for some brands and models.

Normally the problem is not the spring, but a broken spring mounting tab on the door latch head (hook) assembly or the inner door panel.

If it's the door panel, it's usually easier and cheaper to use epoxy and some kind of hardware to fashion a new spring mount.

The door latch head (hook) is easy to replace or repair if that's the issue.

We have critical safety & disassembly info at our site, linked here.

Normally you have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the screws you need to remove.

Or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) here that demonstrates how it's done.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2008


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You can order parts from Encompass here or you can call them toll-free at 866-779-5835.

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