Question about Whirlpool MH3184XP Microwave Oven
This could be a failing turntable motor, but more likely your turntable
support has gotten bent. That's an easier and cheaper problem to solve.
Excessive heat can sometimes make the legs of the support bend so that the center is raised up far enough that it won't always make good contact with the motor.
You can test this by running the microwave empty for a few seconds. It may hesitate to turn or stutter.
Next try it with a bowl with several cups of water in it. The extra weight may push it down so it makes good contact and runs without a hitch.
The way I fix these is to use a stove burner or a torch to heat up the legs and bend them up a bit.
Then I quickly set up or clamp the support so it's held in the proper position for a few minutes until it cools.
One way to hold the heated support in position is to place an object under the end of each leg and put something slightly heavy on top of it in the middle.
If you need a new motor or just want to see helpful exploded views of your model, see the GE or Sears parts Web site:
Posted on Jul 15, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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