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My GE Spacemaker XL Model #JVM3660BD001 turntable no longer turns

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    William Miller May 11, 2010

    The turntable system
    consists of the motor, the coupler, the turntable support with rollers,
    and the tray.

    You can see and hear a video of how a turntable motor should
    sound when you rotate it by hand.

    If
    yours is not set to be off via the control panel, and it won't rotate
    or it sounds like it's grinding, etc., you may have a bad motor or
    plastic coupler.

    To
    replace either, you need to unplug power, then remove the bottom cover
    of the oven. You can find
    helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full
    model number from the tag on the oven here. We're
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Fixed the problem with my GE microwave turntable motor without having to replace it.
I removed the motor from the microwave and placed it in a small vise. Using a very small flat head screwdriver I was able to pry up the four tabs holding the casing together. You may need a slightly larger screwdriver after that to bend them back out of the way so you can remove the motor cover plate.
Carefully take out all the plastic gears and note their position for re-assembly. You will find that the primary gear, at the bottom of the rest of the gears is attached to the motor magnet. It has a shaft that acts as a bushing passing through the center motor magnet. On the underside it is attached to a plastic washer. This is where it breaks. The motor magnet spins free of the gear/bushing/washer assembly. I used JB Weld epoxy to glue this assembly back together and it works like brand new. Note: On mine there were four indentations on each side of the motor magnet which corresponded to little ‘bumps’ on the underside of the gear on top and washer on the bottom.
Place all the plastic gears back into the motor in the correct order, slide on the motor cover plate and use a small cold chisel with a round end and tap hammer to bend the tabs back into place.
If this worked for you please let me know – karlet@bellsouth.net

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