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Turntable turns, but in a constant jerking motion. The plate ring turns free so there is no binding.

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It sounds like your turntable motor may be going bad. It is located UNDER the carousel and easy to get to by removing a few screws from the bottom of the oven. You can try running the oven without the carousel tray and watch the spindle to see if you can detect the same jerking motion. This would confirm the motor has a problem. If the spindle runs smoothly with no weight on it, but begins to jerk with the carousel placed back on it, the motor could still be bad, but you may also have a spindle that is slipping. In either case, replacing both would probably be a good idea just to be sure. Make sure you place a glass of water on one corner of the oven. It's not recommended to run a microwave oven empty. If you determine the motor is defective and want to replace it, make sure you unplug the oven and remove the bottom panel of the oven. There should be a couple of wires connected to the motor and the spindle just pops off from the inside of the oven cavity. It's a fairly simple repair job and will run about $30-$40. Let me know if this helps.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007

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