what size nuts? tool to remove?

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Old 02-23-13, 11:53 AM
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what size nuts? tool to remove?

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A penny taped next to two nuts mounting a female connector on the back wall of an older GE oven.

Does it make sense that deterioration/corrosion within that connector would case arcing to the male connector, and burn out a section in the heating element?
 
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Old 02-23-13, 11:59 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forums. This should be in appliance repair.

That heating element probably shorted internally and burned that missing piece. I'll bet that made quite and arc when that shorted out. Corrosion can cause a bad connection at the element but that didn't cause that burn out.

Most appliances use screws that are a 1/4" or 5/16" hex head. Use a nutrunner or small ratchet set.
 
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TY PJ. Two different desk guys at Reliable Parts spun me the tale about the female connector. Are those guys generally reliable or unreliable?
 
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Those female connectors go bad all the time. Normally when that happens the contacts burn at the element.
That element went bad because it's old and it rusted thru.
Looks like it may have rusted thru right at the location where the element is mounted.
 
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