Question about Kenmore 96213 Electric Kitchen Range
I purchased bolts (to Factory spec) that screw my oven door and handle together. Problem is I can't screw the bolt into the hole in the door handle. Two reasons:
1. Diameter of the factory bolts appear to be as large as the diameter of the hole in the oven door handle.
2. the head on the (phillips) bolts is so small that my #1 and #2 phillips screwdrivers can't get required traction to drive bolts into the oven door handle.
Kenmore oven is two years old, Model 96113. Original bolts installed at the factory came loose and dislodged from the door handle. Sears Parts assistant said the original bolts for my stainless steel model were not to spec (undersized), causing the problem. The new bolts are approx 1/4 inch longer.
I had the same problem with my stove. I tried to replace, glue the srews and other things, but nothing really worked well. It's a shame that Kennmore has such a design flaw in their stoves, but did nothing to help their customers.
Here is the solution that worked for me:
Fix the thread with helicoils (these are inserts that create a new threat in the handle). You can find the instructions how to use the helicoils on Youtube.
I replaced the crews with new screws that fit to the helicoil threat and now the handle is safely secured.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
This is absurd! I have the same problem with a Kenmore that I bought less than 5 years ago. I rarely use the oven, but the handle has fallen off twice in the past 8 months. The solution seems to be to BUY new parts--and of course they will be costly. Is this planned so the company and the service department can make money??
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
I have the same problem with our Gas Kenmore Range. It is about 5 yrs old and the handle gets loose without hardly and usage and falls off. Rediculous!!!
Posted on Oct 28, 2012
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