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How to remove the vent above the door for cleaning

I just want to clean the vent above the door my microwave is white and the ven looks yellow. I want to cace the vent off but I have no Idea what kind of tool it requiers. Not a torx ,not a phillips, not a square drive. Help!!!

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Sometimes they may be dirty and will respond to cleaning, but in some cases, the actual plastic may yellow and the only remedy is to replace it.

The manual just says to take the two screws out, but doesn't refer to their being anything unusual. I would assume they're small Philips.

But if you're unsure of what kind of tool to use, can you post a photo of the screw head and maybe we can tell.

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

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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