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Those darn screws!

Hi, gang...

I asked recently about the tripping circuit breaker and my Maytag MGR6775ADS stove. It appears that one of the spark switches has been shorting (evidenced by small smoke signals when the breaker is reset). After deciding to order the parts, I figured if I disconnected the spark switch circuit, my wife could use the oven, which needs the computer to run.

Long story short (no pun intended) - when I reset the CB, my wife yelled "It's on FIRE! TURN IT OFF!" (50-50 chance of disconnecting the one wire that was hot to the short...)

Anyway, the top part of the burner is held to the jet orifice section through the stove top assembly by two screws each. If the burner tops can be removed, the whole stove top can be lifted out to access the valve and switch area without risk to the gas pipes. These screws have endured several years of cooking heat and look pretty corroded and scorched. They are very tight. I don't want to break them off if I can help it

The question is: Is there a professional's trick to getting these screws loosened?

I've been advised to use penetrating oil (trying liquid wrench on two of them, being careful that it's fully evaporated before cooking on the other two - repeated applications projected over 2-3 days).

Or is the professional's way to replace the anything that gets bunged up in the process as a part of the necessary procedure?

Or is it to only bend things just enough to get the switch harness assembly out and replaced?

No disrespect intended. I just know pro's have learned good methods that aren't in the manuals.

Thanks,

G00k

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  • Steve B Feb 23, 2008

    Thanks, Big T and aborcass...

    I have been hitting the screws (the directions on the liquid wrench can suggests that), and so far it budges only a tiny scootch, but then no more.

    I ordered the screws at the same time I ordered the switch harness - hopefully they will be the right ones - we'll see if I can drill 'em out.

    G00k

    (BTW: it's a childhood nickname fracturing my last name, not a slur, and rhymes with book.)

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Gook, another suggestion would be to shock them.Insert the screwdriver into the screw and hit the end of the screwdriver with a hammer.Do it lightly so you dont ding the oven up.Another way is to use a mapp torch and heat them up.

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    anthony james Feb 24, 2008

    You could also try a small chisel punch to start them to turn.

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My suggestion would be to get out 1 screw bring it to hardware store, buy 8 more. drill out remaining screws. problem with "bending" top up enough is you chance loosing other gas lines.

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