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Seeking help for removing oven light bulb cover

I don't know if this is the right place to ask the question, but we've tried DYI forums, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. and no one has been able to help us get the $%! cover off our burned out oven light bulb. Should be a 2 minute operation at most, but we can't get that cover off. It's in an awkward spot and oil filter wrenches (suggested by others) can't be maneuvered properly.

It's not a matter of being stuck because of grease/dirt. It's just too tight.

I'll try to post a picture if needed, but has anyone dealt with this problem?

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  1. Is the cover held on by a wire bail? That's how mine is, and it took me forever to figure out that you have to squeeze the wire from both ends. It hooks into a hole the way hooks set into those boards whose name escapes me now - the press board panels with holes all over them that you hang tools on in your workshop or garage.

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    1. re: greygarious

      No, no wire bail. It's a glass cover that's supposed to turn counter clockwise. Too tight for my husband to budge by hand, and he hasn't been able to get anything else to grasp and turn it.

    2. Two thoughts:
      Spray with lubricant around the glass cover using the type that has a tube that aims the spray. Let it sit for a while.
      Run the self clean cycle and see if that clears up any stuff in the threads that is making it stick shut.

      1. are you sure there are no screws that need to be removed first?

        1. If a replacement cover is available, you may just have to break it. I know that sounds harsh, but breaking it intentionally is far safer than breaking it accidentally.

          (Pictures might help, too.)

          1. Have you tried the tips from comments on this youtube video?

            Wearing a rubber/vinyl glove, pushing in against the cover, and twisting hard counterclockwise seems to work.

            1. You must be careful when trying to remove it that if it breaks when applying pressure that you do not cut your self.
              Try this: wrap a strip of rubber drawer liner or any thing else that will provide a non-slip grip. Wear a heavy glove and apply ccw twist while at the same time have your helper strike on the end with a hard, heavy item like a hammer handle. Some times this will break the seal enough to allow it to be removed. Otherwise as ricepad said, 'break it off" and replace. Wear a goggle for this as it will may shatter explosively!Edit comment: It may be a 'push in and turn as opposed to a screw out connection!'

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              1. re: subal

                +1. I use this stuff for all kinds of grippy/turny tasks, like opening jars. It cuts to any size I want and is thin enough to give a really good grip.


                1. re: DuffyH

                  I have some jar openers made of this stuff you linked, DuffyH. I use them to unscrew the light bulbs in my oven since the bulbs are almost flush with the back wall of the oven and there is no way to get a grip around them. I just apply pressure and turn at the same time.

              2. Hi, NSH:

                You get it off?

                Many covers have a couple screws which need to be removed first--impossible to see without the light bulb you're replacing. So, first step, are you *sure* there're no retaining screws, clips, etc.? Been using a headlamp to look? The way most ovens are constructed, it's a RPITA to even get close enough for a good look-- you kinda have to Luke Skywalker everything.

                Next step, if you're sure the cover is ready to come off: Do you know what Channelock pliers are? Some models are made with nylon or other soft jaw inserts specifically for tasks where you don't want to risk breakage or marring. You can find some examples here: http://www.sears.com/search=soft%20ja... These can come in pretty handly for lots of things.

                Good Luck,

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                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Sorry to take so long to reply. No, we haven't gotten it off yet and I'm going nuts without a light in my oven. I will refer my husband to your post. I really think he needs to get the door off the oven to get a better grip on the cover.

                  I don't think there are any screws holding it on because the oven instructions say simply to turn counterclockwise and Voila! Yeah right.

                2. Try this: with the oven cold, get a can of compressed air (Dust-Off) and shoot it upside down at the glass. It might shrink it enough as it cools to loosen it a bit. Beware of the possibility the glass will shatter. Wear goggles and gloves.

                  Also try wrapping a rubber band around the perimeter, if it protrudes enough, to get a better grip.

                  1. Just wanted to report that after months of procrastination, my husband finally tried a squirt of WD-40 on the cover. It took a lot of effort to turn, but he finally got it off--and I am SO happy to have light in my oven once again!