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When using the appliance and it is rotating in the clockwise rotation, it makes a "clunk,...clunk,...clunk" noise, along with a slite pause. In the counter-clockwise rotation; it sounds normal. Other than that, the oven works fine, excepting for the noise that almost sounds that the device is about to self-destruct. Anything I can do to help this 'beast'? I have cleaned it several times and that dosen't help. Thanks!! Don Jones.

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  • mike21144 May 26, 2011

    Yes! Thank you very much. I will follow your advise.



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The motor that turns the platter has one of the bearings damaged and the axle hooks in the metal sheet of the bottom pan making the noise. The only way to fix it (apart from replacing the entire platter mechanism) is to open the oven, access the motor and try to replace or realign its bearing.
For that at least a basic experience in this kind of stuff is needed and don't forget to wait at least 24 hours after you have unplugged it to allow the extreme high voltage capacitors (over 5kv) to discharge - otherwise touching one of them by mistake would mean instant death.

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