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How do I replace the keypad on GE Spacemaker microwave model #JVM1650CH01?

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The keypad is usually glued to a metal plate to give it support. You have to remove the complete control panel to replace the keypad. Remove the top grill across the top pf the micro. Make sure the micro is unplugged. Next, there should be 1 screw going through the top plastic of the control panel. Remove screw and then lift gently up on the complete control. It is tabbed into the micro body. Once lifted it should pull forward and hinge downward. You will now see the back of the main control board with wires and plugs. The best way is to make notes or take a picture of all the plugs before you remove them. Unplug all the wires and you should be able to lift the control panel off the micro completely and lay it face down on a table or workbench. You will see several small screws holding the main board in place and a flat ribbon connector about 1.5 inches wide going to a connector on the board. To remove that ribbon, lift gently up on the ends of the connector. It should lift about a 1/4 inch but will not come off. Once it is up the ribbon will pull out. That ribbon is the touch pad connections to the main board. Play with the old ribbon a few times getting it in and out. Now remove the main board and lay it aside. You can now see the metal box like bracket the touchpad is attached to. It is just held in place with plastic tabs on the control trim. Gently pry the tabs back while you lift out the metal box. If your new touch pads have the metal box just reverse the procedure to reassemble. If your touchpads are not on the metal box frame, you need to pull off the old one and carefully align the new pads to the metal frame. They will be self stick. Sorry this is so long but it needed explained. Most people can't handle this type repair and need service. You will need to decide.

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