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Motor works but doesnt turn spindle with blade on it

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You may have (probably) put something in there that wouldn't chop or grind, and the blade wasn't able to turn. When this occurs, a safety feature called a 'shear pin' breaks. The shear pin passes through on side of the base of the blade, through the motor shaft, and out the other side of the base of the blade. The pieces of the shear pin have to be removed, and replaced with a new pin. A common roll pin of the appropriate diameter should do the trick. Bear in mind the shear pin is a 'pressed fit', so removal of the old bits may be difficult. But it can be done.

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The turntable motor can be replaced by following these simple steps:

1. UNPLUG the microwave before servicing.
2. Locate and remove the screws around the perimeter of the bottom panel of the microwave (located UNDER the microwave bottom).
3. With the screws removed the panel will open, exposing the turntable motor. Remove the glass tray and reach inside the oven cavity and grasp the turntable spindle. Pull straight up to remove it from the motor shaft.
4. With the spindle removed, disconnect the motor connector plug and mounting screws.
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If the microwave is still heating, but not turning, the part you are talking about is the carousel motor. The carousel itself, is the small ring that the tray sits on.

If the motor is not turning, it can easily be replaced. You will need to remove the bottom panel (under the microwave) to access the motor and connecting wires. The spindle is the shaft that attaches to the carousel motor and is where the center part of the glass tray sits. The spindle simply lifts off the motor shaft.

Since you posted no brand name or model number, I have no idea how to identify a part number for you, or where to order from. If you still need assistance, please let me know. Post back with your information so that I may be able to assist you better. I hope this helps.

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Remove the glass table and watch the drive spindle to see if it is turning when the unit runs; just put a cup of water so the magnetron is not without load, they can be damaged otherwise.
If it doesn't turn, gently try to turn the spindle with your fingers.  If it turns manually, then the motor has failed. If it doesn't, then some foodstuff has managed to freeze the spindle.
In the latter case, pull the plug from the wall, use some foaming cleanser (it's less wet) and try to get some under or around the spindle. Let it soak overnight, then try to turn the spindle with your fingers again.  If it's now free, mop up and remove as much of the remaining cleanser as you can, leaving the table out, put a cup of water or preferably a bowl with more volume, in the unit, let it run for some minutes to try to dry the rest of the cleanser out.
Put the table back in to see if it will now turn.
If this doesn't work, it will be necessary to replace the motor.  Since this is a unit I don't know, I can't predict if it is a DIY project or not and the dealer may ask an unrealistic price for the replacement.     

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Normaly, before ordering a new motor, I always checked to make sure that there was power going to the motor assembly. I never had a power drive failure to a motor so-far. When they did not spin, the motor was defective. But, one day there will be a first time for me.

The fix was to purchase a new motor from the manufacture and install it. In some cases, I had to also replace the spindle key because the original broke when trying to remove it when removing the motor assembly.

I suggest that for servicing a microwave oven, you give it out to a service center to have the work done. There are safety issues when working on microwave ovens.

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Turntable turns, but in a constant jerking motion. The plate ring turns free so there is no binding.

It sounds like your turntable motor may be going bad. It is located UNDER the carousel and easy to get to by removing a few screws from the bottom of the oven. You can try running the oven without the carousel tray and watch the spindle to see if you can detect the same jerking motion. This would confirm the motor has a problem. If the spindle runs smoothly with no weight on it, but begins to jerk with the carousel placed back on it, the motor could still be bad, but you may also have a spindle that is slipping. In either case, replacing both would probably be a good idea just to be sure. Make sure you place a glass of water on one corner of the oven. It's not recommended to run a microwave oven empty. If you determine the motor is defective and want to replace it, make sure you unplug the oven and remove the bottom panel of the oven. There should be a couple of wires connected to the motor and the spindle just pops off from the inside of the oven cavity. It's a fairly simple repair job and will run about $30-$40. Let me know if this helps.

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