Grinding noise from Microwave turntable

We have a GE over-the-range microwave, Model JVM1650WB 003, that was in the house already when we moved in over a year ago, so I don't know how old it is. All has been fine until the last week or two, when it will sometimes make grinding noises and the turntable will stop turning. Turning off the turntable option stops the noise, of course.
Is there a simple DIY solution to this problem? -- Other than not using the turntable.
Perce
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pull up the glass tray, grab the thing under it that looks like a hoop. spray veg oil on the rollers.
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It looks like a fairly new (2000 model) unit. That grinding noise sounds like the gears in the small motor that turns the table. It's not too difficult to change after removing the whole unit and taking the cover off. The motor is probably $30-40, but that is just a guess. If you have the oven built in and need exactly that sizing then it certainly pays to have it fixed in this case. If you are not fixing it your best bet would be to remove the unit yourself and take it somewhere, which would save a service call. You can call GE and get a price on the part for starters. They also offer service help for a price. If your model is not designed for use without the turn table then do not try to use it that way as there will be hot spots in the oven. Food will cood unevenly and burn. In my opinion, the turntable is a failed invention to make people feel better about the even cooking of their oven, when in fact, a hidden stirer does a better job and is the more trouble free, life of product, system
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Percival P. Cassidy wrote:

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The serial # is required to check the manufacturing date... http://www.applianceaid.com/appliance_age.html

Remove the glass tray and clean the wheels on the ring...might help...but most times this is a bad turn table motor.

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Replace the drive motor... http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R 3&Nv9741 Drive motor, glass cooking tray.
Fairly easy to change, remove power, remove the bottom panals screws to access the motor.
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Perhaps! The motor that rotates is basically a simple AC motor etc. Design of m.wave 'may' make it easy to just get at the bottom of the unit? Maybe not? And if you are not electronics capable; two very serious warnings. 1) There is some 6000 volts DC around the power supply and magnetron. That 6000 volts is some 500 to 1000 watts of electrical energy which is potentially lethal if 'one finger' is in the wrong place. 2) It is a microwave radio transmitter producing some 500 or more watts of radiation (that's what cooks the food in minutes or seconds). Do not stand near it or operate it when case is open. Make sure it is correctly closed up with all the RF (Radio Frequency) sealing edges properly meshed, screws back in place etc. Best to use one of those cheap m.wave radiation meters (About$15) to ensure radiation is not leaking out around the door or the edges. Such radiation could affect (i.e. cook or cause cancer) to people, especially children, who pass nearby and/or are more of suitable height to be exposed to m.wave radiation at counter top/table height! Please be very careful.
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