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My hotpoint microwave has the kind of turntable that goes aroung while cooking. Yesterday it just stop going aroung. How can I fix this and if not will it burn up the microwave up if the turn table dosn't function right? Well it is pretty knew, and we keep it clean, It is mounted above our stove. and it dosn't take abuse such as slamming doors and such. It was manfactured in 2005. The model #RVM163WKO1 it has KWI.58 and was manfactured by GE.

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The problem is probably a burned out turn table motor. They wear out without warning and just stop working (no abuse required - just happened to me this weekend too). The motor can easily be replaced by following these steps:

1. Unplug the microwave oven
2. Remove the panel screws on the bottom panel UNDER the microwave. With the screws removed, the panel will drop down exposing the motor.
3. Open the door and reach inside and remove the glass tray and carousel.
4. Lift up on the small coupler (what the center of the tray rests on) and it should come off the motor shaft.
5. Remove the electrical connection from the drive motor and the mounting screws and the motor is out.
6. Reinstall the new motor in the reverse of the steps I just gave you.

This repair should take 30 minutes or less. The part number for the motor is WB26X10168 and can be purchased at appliancepartspros.com for about $38. This was the cheapest place I could find it for you.

NOTE: Running the microwave without the carousel will not cause any damage to the oven itself. This is primarily used to ensure food is cooked evenly. You can continue to use your microwave until the part arrives.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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    Jeff Rockwell Sep 08, 2009

    FYI: There is no belt driving the turntable motor.

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There's a small motor that I believe has a belt that turns the turntable. You'll have to take microwave apart to get to it.

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