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Pulling lower coil and big spark came flying out of oven backwall

What happened?...please read below posted by cbbratton on Jan 28, 2009
The top coil is the only one that is heating...the lower coil does not heat up at all.
Please help me know what to do to fix...the unit otherwise is working fine.

Thank you,
Chris Comment posted on Jan 28, 2009 Thank you! as I was removing the lower coil to expose the element (?) a huge spark? shot out and scared the **** out of me. What was that? Are the elements what I see attached at the end of the coil - at least on one side the other side is burnt off?

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Have you had a chance to fix it yet ? The wire has probably come off or burned off keeping it from working. Feel the element to see if it has any rough spots in it. This will indicate it is burned up on the inside.

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