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GE gas range JGSP28SEK4SS bake ignitor screws hard to remove


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#1 frunch

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:14 PM

This is more of a general inquiry, but I wanted to make sure to post with a model # for reference. I had to change a bake ignitor on one of these ranges today and had a hell of a time getting the old screws out. I run into this on other models as well. It seems that the GE XL44 ranges with a round ignitor and machine screws are generally easy to remove, as are the Frigidaire models with the rectangular ignitor and machine screws. But this one, among many others, are almost always cross-threading when I go to remove them. I figure it's from expansion/contraction. Anyway, can anyone share with me the tricks or tools that make these easier to remove? I managed to get the screws out of the one I was working on today, but not without spending a solid 10+ minutes working the screws with my big wire cutters. 

I look forward to seeing what my fellow Appliantologists do in these situations! I usually fight and cuss until they're out, but there has to be a better way!

Thanks!

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#2 vee8power

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:00 PM

Sometimes I take the whole burner out. Sometimes I grind, cut, do what I have to, even replace the burner.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:32 PM

I've found that a couple drops of zoom oil or similar lubricant on the back of the screw before you try to loosen it works well. Someone else mentioned that a long time ago in another post and I tried it and it has worked every time. I've used the mini hack saw method before. Not fun. 



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:53 PM

A slight turn in the tighten direction first, will sometimes break the threads loose.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 10:40 PM

Best method yet.... dish soap, all kitchens have them, so no need to stock some on the truck.  Just add a small dab on the threaded side of the screw and work it back and forth slowly....  In the last 18 months that I've been doing appliance repair full time, we have only had to drill out one screw.....  and that was mainly because i got inpatient and forgoed the dish soap....


Edited by micabay, 15 July 2014 - 10:40 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 11:37 PM

I too use micabay's method.  You may not want to use actual oil because oil is flammable and the customer might complain about the oven smelling weird after the repair.  If I do have trouble getting the old screws out I usually wind up hack sawing the screws out.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:39 AM

Thanks for the responses, everyone! I'm going to try dish soap on the threads and tightening the screws before attempting to remove them. I'm actually looking forward to my next oven repair, now! :biggrin:



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:12 AM

Your going to be amazed what just one little drop of dishsoap on the screw threads are going to do!!!!!!


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:44 PM

Thanks for the responses, everyone! I'm going to try dish soap on the threads and tightening the screws before attempting to remove them. I'm actually looking forward to my next oven repair, now! :biggrin:

Sometimes its tight to get some soap on the thread of the screws....  be creative, use a small flat tip screw driver if need be.  It is well worth it.



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:57 AM

Best method yet.... dish soap, all kitchens have them, so no need to stock some on the truck. Just add a small dab on the threaded side of the screw and work it back and forth slowly.... In the last 18 months that I've been doing appliance repair full time, we have only had to drill out one screw..... and that was mainly because i got inpatient and forgoed the dish soap....


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Posted Today, 11:29 AM

After being enlightened to the dish soap trick for removing the screws from the ignitor/burner assembly, I've been looking forward to trying it for myself. Naturally, no oven jobs came in since my initial post...until today! I came prepared to unleash the power of dish soap on those stubborn screws, and naturally they were being difficult. I applied a small amount of soap on each screw, tightened the screws, then slowly began unscrewing them. Like friggin' butter!!!  :woot:  I was amazed! They came out more easily than any I've encountered before, even when they would cooperate. I've dreaded removing those damn things because it's almost always been a fight. No more! Thanks a million guys! I just can't believe after all this time that the solution was so simple, and within reach sitting there on the counter nearby! 






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