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GE Spacemaker JVM1631BB005 making noise

My microwave started making a grinding/grating noise today. The manufacturer's date is November 2001. Everything is functional, though when I go to cook something this terrible noise comes from underneath. Also, strangely, it seems as though the turntable is going counter-clockwise, which I guess I never noticed before which way the turntable moved.

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  • e3enigma Jan 07, 2008

    I have the same problem. I think it is the synch motor

  • kbl1 Jan 07, 2008

    The exact same problem occurred with my GE Spacemaker microwave oven this morning (Jan. 7), model number JVM1630WB006 manufactured in Jan., 2002. Unit seems to be functioning properly, but alarming grinding noise seems to be coming from underside of unit.



    Ideas/solutions, anyone? Thanks!

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Many thanks to e3enigma above! I removed the synch motor under the turntable; all other microwave functions work fine and the grinding noise is gone, hooray! A trip to the appliance parts store tomorrow for a replacement synchronous motor and all should be well. Thanks again!

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