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Replacing oven burner element, the lower element, for a GE stove

I have removed the two screws that are inside at the back of the oven, in order just to determine how to remove the old oven burner element. I was able to remove the two screws that secured the plate to which the burner element went into. Yet, the old burner element did not come loose and it was not evident how it was attached to the back of the oven. So, I pulled at it a bit, and this did reveal some wires leading into the old burner element. I pulled the burner a little more, and this resulted in a big spark and then the entire oven went electrically dead (since even the oven clock went off). I realized that I had made a veru stupid error in not first turning off the electric current to the stove before even trying to determine how the burner element was secured to the oven. Luckily, I didn't receive any electric shock.(I think it is 50 watts or volts??). I then went to my circuit breaker box, and I found that the one circuit breaker that is exclusively devoted to the stove had been triggered. Hopefully, the stove was not damaged by my screw up.
I still want to install the replacement oven burner element that I have purchase directly from GE.
How do I do this? How do I remove the two wires from the old oven burner element and reattach these wire to the new replacement oven burner element?.

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(I think it is 50 watts or volts??)
Most electric ranges are supplied with 220 volts - this is, especially at 60 Hz, deadly. You were lucky this time.
If the wires are not welded onto the element contacts, they might be so-called 'quick-disconnects' that pull straight off of blades that are part of the elelment.  
You probably haven't hurt the range with the momentary short circuit since the chassis of the range is connected to neutral or ground so you just gave your breaker a workout. BTW, I have had to replace late breakers after they tripped. They wouldn't stay reset any more even after the problem was removed from the circuit. Don't be surprised if yours doesn't stay reset; it may not be a fault causing it. 

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