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Old 11-07-2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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Sharp microwave / convection

Hi! My 86 345 needs to have the Sharp microwave removed/repaired or replaced. I have not been able to find how this bugger is attatched in the built in cabinet...shurley someone can tell me #1 how do I get the drawers out to look under the micro and are there some screws once I get the drawer out?
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:56 PM   #2
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Hey Pete,

I'm not that familiar with the Sharp unit, but have you tried their web site, using your model and serial number. There are usually installation diagrams on these sites to help.

With the units that I service....Dometic Micro/convection ovens, there is a face plate that comes off revealing 4 long bolts that secure the units to a back plate that has slip-in brackets that hold the unit up. The screws hold the unit tight against the back plate to keep it in place. Yours might have a similar configuration.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:05 AM   #3
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Micro removal

Hi! thanks for the reply but my Sharp is built in above a set of drawers. It is completly enclosed with cabinets. I need to remove a drawer in order to see under the micro and remove anything that is securing the unit to the cabinets. How do I get the drawer out?
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:21 AM   #4
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Depending on your syle of slide mechanism, try fully extending the drawer and then lift up, releasing the wheels from the track.

If you have dual acting metal slides, there should be a little plastic release button or slid bar on the side of each metal bracket that is visible when the draw is fully extended.
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Old 11-08-2007, 12:21 PM   #5
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Drawer removal 345

Extend the drawer as far as it will go. Look under at the bottom of the drawer. There is a metal slide in the center of the drawer, and when extended you should be able to see a lever. It's most probably stuck, so give it a spray of wd40 or the like. After depressing the lever the drawer will slide out! Looking at the bottom of the micro/convection oven compartment, I believe you will find a piece of square molding with screws going up. Not sure, short of dismanteling mine, but expect they hold the micro fastners in. Should be able to remove the stops and slide the unit out.
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Old 11-09-2007, 05:10 AM   #6
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On our 87 345, raveson was right on with the drawer removal, the lever he mentioned is curved and not much larger in diameter than your thumb. With the top drawer removed, look for four machine bolts with 1/4" slotted heads protruding slightly from the bottom of the microwave into the drawer space. The bolts are slightly recessed and easier to feel than they are to see, the front two will be in the forward corners above the drawer.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:18 AM   #7
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Micro removal

Just a "thanks" for all the help on the micro removal...it would be nice to find a replacement for the unit without having to use a trim kit but if you own a 21 year old AS you should expect to adapt! Right?
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:15 PM   #8
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If you're feeling adventurous, you can opt for a diy repair of the microwave. Not much goes wrong with them beyond the diode, magnetron, or capacitor. All are easily obtainable from places like MCM Electronics. Just be sure that you seal her up tight, don't leave out any screws, and pay attention where things come from during disassembly.
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