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GE spacemaker model #jvm1350aw-002

Inside the microwave there are 4 plastic support tabs that hold the metal rack in place. When using the microwave we just noticed it arcing around one of the tabs. What is causing this?

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Usually that's due to accumulated grease and / or food particles.

They must be cleaned. If they are damaged, they must be replaced.

If this continues, it can damage the paint or the wall, which would have to be sanded and repainted with high-temperature appliance paint from places like Wal-Mart or Lowes.

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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