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GE Microwave Oven JVM1860SF001 - Noisy fan

It seems like there is a exhaust fan adjacent to the light bulb in the ceiling of the microwave that is making rattling noise. Since microwave is working except for the noise, is there anything that can check/clean-up to get rid of the noise. I tried to remove the circular ceramic plate in the ceiling of the M/W next to light bulb by twisting counter-clockwise; I was hesitant to apply forece on the button to disengage the pin/button. 1) Should I depress the button to turn to remove the plate. 2) Could the issue be with exhaust fan 3) If so, how to access/fix it. Thanks for your response in advance.

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  • smirth Nov 04, 2008

    Update - I figured out the issue with my microwave oven. Problem is with the Stirrer Drive Motor a.k.a. Synchronous Motor ST-16FE(EX73MRAA) - OEM part # WB26X100037. GE Parts Sales wants $86.00 for it to ship the motor; I am thinking of other options...

  • smirth Nov 09, 2008

    I've already got it from eBay. Thanks!

  • zurgdawg Nov 28, 2008

    There must be something in the air as I just had this same issue happen to me!

    Questions:

    - Were either of the 2 substitutes acceptable?
    - What exactly does this motor do? It doesn't turn the tray, I assume it is turning something 'internal' on the ceiling of the microwave?
    - Were you able to replace the motor without having to take the entire microwave out and remove the top? If I had an L screwdriver, I could probably get it in there, but didnt know if the motor would make it out.

    Thanks!

  • Carlos May 02, 2009

    I had the same issue. Follow the steps stated above and you will fix it. Thanks for the post and the links.

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The fix is that the magnet inside the bottom of the motor eventually drops enough as it spins(plastic hat-shaped piece under it wears/crushes down) to rub on the bottom of it, where it is metal, causing the noise. You can easily remedy this by taking apart the motor, pulling out the magnet and plastic booster piece under it, placing a thin washer on the bottom to boost them up a bit, then reassembling. Problem solved and no need to buy some overpriced part and fill up the landfills with perfectly good equip!

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  • dgc_charlott Aug 30, 2010

    I just tried lh8getnripd's solution and so far, so good. Like plan2much, the motor is used on the ceiling in my microwave, an 8 year old GE Spacemaker XL1800. A few years ago I replaced a motor that looked just like this that drove the turntable. It was easy to get to the motor . . . less than 5 minutes. It was a little harder to actually get the motor out. The two tiny screws holding it in place are easily reachable, but there is not adequate room for a screw driver. I was able to get them loose with a small adjustable wrench and a small phillips head screwdriver bit. Once loose, I could get them out with my fingers. I used a small screwdriver to pry the motor apart and used plan2much's suggestion to cut a washer out of plastic packaging. I was able to snap the motor back together relatively easily. When I installed it back in the microwave, the noise stopped and all appears to be working well.

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If yours has a square-shaped shaft, it would be part # WB26X10037. That would run $37.23 plus shipping here.

If yours has a D-shaped shaft, it would be part # WB26X10038. That would run $29.28 plus shipping here.

Does that sound better? *grin*

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I used this suggestion to fix an ST-16FE (EX73SAAA3) motor (D-shaped shaft)that turns the platter in a hotpoint microwave. For this though I noticed that it wasn't that the plastic "hat" was crushed. It was that the plastic shaft, with "hats" on both sides to hold the magnet had separated which essentially separated the motor from the shaft. There was still resistance so the platter still moved and the case did show signs of ware from the magnet. I superglued the hats back on the magnet and added the disk and all is quiet. Different motor but your suggestion still worked Thanks for the post.

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Thanks lh8getnripd. I used cut up a clear hard plastic package covering to sereve as a thin washer. The metial washers I had were far too thick and maybe the fact that they are magentic doesn't help. Also on my ST-16FE (EX73MRAA) was used for some sort of rotorary mircowave disperser on ceiling of the internal chamber, not as a rotary table wich made the shaft pointing down not up. The fix still works so the magnetic must be pulled up during operation. My micromave lasted 9 years before the noise started.

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