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Door latches will not close onmy Panasonic Dimensions 4 Microwave NNCT766MBPQ.They appear loose as if a spring has broken.

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If you gently push up on the door latches (hook-like devices on the door) there should be spring tension. If they just flop right up, the spring is off.

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.

The best place to order Panasonic parts is Tritronics. You can also call them at 866-779-5835.

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

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I have a Panasonic T945SFX where the 'male' door latch was fine but the 'female' receiver was not catching after about 18 months of use.

Looking at the female receiver mechanism, it did not seem to be secure or flush to the frame.
Bought a TORX T20 security bit (Star shape with hole in middle)
-1/4" Hex for power or hand interchangeable bit drivers.
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and was able to easily remove the 5 rear cover screws and two right side Philips screws, slid the cover back toward the rear about an inch and lifted it off the rest of the frame & oven.
Upon removing the cover I could see the plastic female receiver/interlock mechanism is attached with two philips screws to the stamped-metal frame on just one side.
Very obviously the stamped metal was bent away from the latch opening on the frame -- it was no longer at a 90 degree angle. This had occurred over time with repeated closures of the door.

The following was done with rubber gloves, I did not want to accidentally touch a capacitor -- I did that once on my 1979 ancient Amana Radar Range -- wow was that a surprise!
I made the right choice to remove the two screws and slide the latch mechanism up and then slightly away from the stamped metal -- an inch or two -- versus just trying to push the mechanism back into place.
I then was able to very easily -- thumb and finger -- bend the stamped metal back into a 90 degree angle, reseat the plastic female receiver/interlock mechanism sliding down to ensure the plastic retainer hooked over the metal near the top screw, and reinstalling the two screws to 'secure' the mechanism to the stamped metal.
I reinstalled the cover starting by placing the cover back about an inch from the front of the frame, and carefully holding/squeezing the sides flush against the frame and sliding the cover forward the last inch to ensure the 3 sided cover with multiple 'catches' per side were engaged with the frame, and then secured with the 7 screws: 5 security Torx in rear, 2 phillips on side.

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Handle Actuator If the microwave door won't open the handle actuator might be broken. This is a plastic part which can become brittle over time. This part is connected between the door button and the door latch assembly.

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

You can order Panasonic parts here.

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