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My Samsung microwave no longer spins. Any ideas? Please help

Please help Samsung Microwave: my turntable stopped turning

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  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    Sometimes it will start to spin after 5 sec., but very, very slowly if at all.
    The center post under the glass can be moved very easily from side to side. Is it supposed to be rigid ? And, how can it be tightened ?
    The surface under the glass is clean and has no debris.
    Can this turntable be fixed ? The heating part is OK as is the timer. Does it make the situation worse by continuing to use the heating part of the service ?


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The turntable system consists of the motor, the coupler, the turntable support with rollers, and the tray.

You can see and hear a video of how a turntable motor should sound when you rotate it by hand.

If yours is not set to be off via the control panel, and it won't rotate or it sounds like it's grinding, etc., you may have a bad motor or plastic coupler.

To replace either, you need to unplug power, then remove the bottom cover of the oven.

You can order Samsung parts here.

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

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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