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Door Disassembly I have to replace the latch spring hook inside the door and must take the door apart. There are no visible screws which makes me think its snap together. I don't want to damage the door, how does it come apart so I can replace the latch. Thanks

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  • sadkkf Dec 03, 2007

    I've encountered a similar problem in that the door will not close. Opening the enclosure on the door, I see the spring and the hook component are in tact, but the piece attached to the other end of the spring is broken. This piece was part of the outer door. Super glue didn't work. Is it possible to purchase the outer door only or is there a way to fix this?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    The handle snapped off the door to the microwave leaving broken plastic piece stuck around the pin/screw inside the now visible holes on the door where the handle used to be. There are no visible access to the screws from the back side of the door. Do I need to tale the door apart to install the replacement hanle that I purchase? is there a manual that shows how to replace a broken handle?

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Actually, the spring is probably okay. What breaks is either the latch head (with the hook-like protrusions) OR the spring mounting tab on the inner side of the outer door panel. The spring connects to both of these parts. The outer door panel is not availablke as a separate part, so if that's where the break is, you'll have to get a bit creative and clean it squeaky and use epoxy (like JB Weld, but never use "super glue") or you can drill into the panel slightly and install a small screw eye or glue it in place. Even if the spring mount on the inner door panel is not yet broken, while you're in there, it's a good idea to clean it squeaky and add some epoxy to strengthen it. To get to the screws, you have to remove the choke cover (see sample photo below). It's usually not necessary and is better not to remove the door. You can set the oven on its left side on a table top, open the door carefully, and ease it down to the table top. Then you have a level, stable area to work on the door. If the problem is the latch head (ref # 5-2-2) then I would recommend replacing that part instead of gluing it. That's because the new part may be an improved version. Plus you'll start out fresh. The part # is LSTPPB030MRF0 (zero on the end, not an "oh") You can order Sharp parts from http://wwww.wehaveparts.com You can find a helpful exploded view of the door here: http://207.234.249.73/mwd/r1480_control_door_exp.pdf

Posted on May 11, 2007

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2007

    CORRECTION:

    A JPG version of that exploded view of the door might be better.

    It's here:
    http://207.234.249.73/mwd/r1480_control_...

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Drilling a little hole from the inside-out and putting a little screw did the job in 10 minutes. Awesome recommendation. Thanks.

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