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Kenmore gas oven; range&broiler work, not bake cycle-bad ignitor?

I have a kenmore gas range/oven. The range works fine, as does the broiler. The oven though does not. I removed the racks and bottom cover plate, and tried to start the oven. The ignitor does not glow at all. Is this a bad ignitor, or does some other part control the ignitor & gas flow?

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Well there are other parts that control the igniter,but if you can remove the igniter and look for any cracks.Most are hard to find so you may need a magnifying glass.Any crack no matter how small will keep it from glowing.The gas will not flow until the photo senser has detected the igniter glowing for several seconds.You can get a parts breakdown at SearsPartsDirect.com.Well hope this helps.

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