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DCS microwave has no power. The power supply is good. How do we get the back off? there are some unusual screw heads and a torx 10 will not fit

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Microwave has star shaped screws


Some models use an tamper-resistant screw which can be removed with a specially-designed tool available from home improvement stores & appliance parts stores.

But some folks just use a hammer to tap and loosen the screw, then a Torx, "star", t-type, or small flathead screwdriver can be used to remove the screw.

This detailed photo below shows how a small screwdriver fits into the screw head:

tamper_screw_big.jpg



Sometimes the screws are tough, so you may only be able to just bend the post slightly with a punch, then a small flat blade will "grab" enough to turn the screw. Pliers on the handle will help, too.



Another creative solution is to use a hacksaw or a Dremel tool to carefully cut a slot in the head so a flat blade will fit it.



NOTE: Always be sure to put any silver-colored cover screws back in the same holes they came from. They are often used to ensure a good safety ground from the cover to the chassis!


See these help files before proceeding:


http://031d26d.namesecurehost.com/mwd/safety.txt
http://031d26d.namesecurehost.com/mwd/disassembly.txt


You can find links to helpful exploded view diagrams and part ordering help here.

I recommend that you bookmark that link to your favorites.

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Jan 29, 2013 | Kenmore 69072 Microwave Oven

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I need to change the lightbulb on my em-s5002w Sanyo Microwave. What screwdriver size & style do I need for lower star-shaped screws


The star-shaped screws are called TORX and range in size from T-1 [small] to T-50[ quite large]. a set of inexpensive bits that fit a driver handle can be found at a hardware or auto supply.

Jan 24, 2013 | Sanyo EM-S5002W Microwave Oven

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How to remove the funny shaped screws on microwave


ANTI-TAMPER SCREWS
If your model has anti-tamper screws, you can remove them using using a T20H Torx type or GTXH20-100 screwdriver. If the correct tool is not available, there are several ways to remove the screws:

- Use a hammer and a small punch or similar tool to knock out the middle post of the screw, then use a standard T20 Torx bit to remove the screws. (Use safety glasses).

- Insert a small flat-bladed screwdriver (such as a jeweler's type) into the slot between the post and the edge, tap the screwdriver firmly with a hammer to loosen the screw, grip the screwdriver with pliers, and remove the screw.

This detailed photo shows how a small screwdriver fits into the screw head:
tamper_screw_big.jpg

- Use a hacksaw or Dremel tool to cut a slot in the head of the screw, then use a flat-bladed screwdriver to remove the screws. (Use safety glasses).

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Jun 07, 2012 | Emerson Black Microwave Oven

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GE Microwave: Unusual screws on cover


these are called security torx ...they are put on microwaves to keep un-qualified customers from opening the case...there are lethal voltages inside that can KILL you....if you do not know anything about microwave ovens ..then I would not recommend opening the case...if you have some knowledge of these..you may be able to find the security torx drivers at you local auto parts store

Feb 26, 2012 | GE Microwave Ovens

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Torx fasteners on back panel have pins in the centers. Thus, Torx bit will not fit into the fasteners.


The torx screws were used so that it not tampered except by the facility of the service centers. Hence such changes to accessibilty was made so as to prevent unauthorised work. You need to buy the relevent screw driver to make it possible to remove the screws.
Please check the link for screwdrivers which you can also source from a hardware store.
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Replace-Cracked-Scratch-Display/dp/B001O2T43M

Nov 14, 2011 | Emerson MW8107WA Microwave Oven

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I read on a website how to remove the casing from the back to access the light bulb on my Daewoo microwave, but the casing screws are like nothing we've seen before....like those requiring a torx...


Some models use an tamper-resistant screw which can be removed with a specially-designed tool available from home improvement stores & appliance parts stores. But some folks just use a hammer to tap and loosen the screw, then a "star", t-type, or small flathead screwdriver can be used to remove the screw.



this detailed photo shows how a small screwdriver fits into the screw head
tamper_screw_big.jpg



Sometimes the screws are tough, so you may only be able to just bend the post slightly with a punch, then a small flat blade will "grab" enough to turn the screw. Pliers on the handle will help, too.



Another creative solution is to use a hacksaw or a Dremel tool to carefully cut a slot in the head so a flat blade will fit it.



NOTE: Always be sure to put any silver-colored cover screws back in the same holes they came from. They are often used to ensure a good safety ground from the cover to the chassis!


We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

Apr 28, 2011 | Daewoo KOC-925T Microwave Oven

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How do I get the door apart to tighten the handle?


There is typically a plastic insert on the perimeter of the inside of the door that hides the screw heads. The screws may be TORX or TORX security (with the pin in the center).

Good luck with your project.

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Jan 29, 2011 | Frigidaire Microwave Microwave Oven

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Is there a special tool needed to remove the housing on my GE microwave to replace the fuse?


Not really the chasiis screws for the top cover are usually Phillips head screws or Torx head screws. You can get a Torx screw driver at any hardeare store. There should be 4 screws on each side and 6 on that pak that hold the top cover on. Make sure the unit is unplugged / power off and once you remove the screws lift the top cover from the rear about 10 degress and pull it to the rear. NOTE there is a large capacitor inside the chassis that can runi your day. Just avoid it or holding a svrew driver by the handle only short across the terminals 2 to 3 times to make sure there is no charge in it. To find the fuse follow the power cord from where it enters the chassis until it terminated at the fuse block. Lift the fue out with a screw driver by placing the screwdriver in between the fuse block and the fuse. Good luck. Make sure you use the same fuse as a replacement.

Jan 12, 2010 | GE JVM1440 Microwave Oven

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How to replace lightbulb


The screw(s) is/are usually a modified TORX T-20 or T-25 bit adapter. Sometimes you can very carefully use a standard T-20/25 bit adapter to get the screw loosened. Use a small flat blade screwdriver that has been modified with a slot cut into the center of the blade end to bypass the center pin. First find a narrow enough flat blade srewdriver that you don't care about and make sure it fits rather snugly inside the screw-head just for a loose fit. If the blade is a bit wider - no problem - it can be ground down to fit snugly. Next - using a dremel tool and diamond cutting wheel attachment (or similar) cut a slot into the end of the blade. Make sure that the screwdriver is going to bite the insides of that screw-head first though before wasting a perfectly good screwdriver. You will have to adjust by trial and error until you get the blade to fit perfectly the head of the safety screw. If the screws are really tight use a pair of vice grips to clamp the screwdriver blade for extra leverage.

Dec 25, 2009 | Emerson MW8102SS 1100 Watts Microwave Oven

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