Does your microwave Shake Rattle and Roll?

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Does your microwave Shake Rattle and Roll?

Post by HowieT on Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:25 pm

Hello Everyone,

My first AS model was a new Sussex Duo - a great van that did most things very well.

One of the teething issues we had was a microwave that refused to stay put. A decent sized pothole would have it pulling out the weedy sef tapper screws that 'held' it and would then attempt to self destruct as it bounced higher and higher. The solution 6 years ago at the AS service centre was more self-tappers. It almost stayed put but remained the biggest source of rattles and noise in the van.

6 years later my new Warwick XL has exactly the same problems - I can barely get to the end of the road without it ripping free. My dealer suggested a larger (but not longer!) self-tapper. That works for about 15 minutes. You can only go large so many times!

I'm worried that the shelf that holds the microwave with give up in sympathy as the microwave does its fandango -  it's already showing signs of pulling free

Has anyone found a permanent solution? The issue was well known to AS dealers and the AS service centre yet the production team have done nothing in the past 6+ years to find a proper engineering solution.

Any ideas gratefully received - Cheers
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Re: Does your microwave Shake Rattle and Roll?

Post by musiotunya on Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:34 pm

We are waiting on AS shipping new shelfs to repair ours which has only done 1000 miles, currently microwave is in our house.

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Re: Does your microwave Shake Rattle and Roll?

Post by Gram on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:23 pm

Frankly, I am surprised that regulations allow the hard-mounting in a vehicle of microwave ovens designed to sit on a stationary worktop in a domestic environment.

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Re: Does your microwave Shake Rattle and Roll?

Post by Heanorboy on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:47 pm

Always one to try and sort out things that annoy me I also had the problem of the noisy microwave. The problem as far as I was concerned was the thin metal on the bottom of the oven hence the screws just pulled out, so my solution.
I used some aluminium flat strip 3mm thick and 25mm wide. I cut these to length to cover the existing screw holes glued this in place I filled the gaps with old window board but could just as easy be wood and put several short self tap countersunk screws through as well (yes I know its belt and braces) I then glued some rubber strip over the screws left overnight to make sure all fixed. Then simply offered the oven back to its place and using the existing holes as guide drilled pilot holes through the rubber strip and alli strip . There is enough metal to hold without ripping out and the rubber strip as well as helping to soften the bouncing acts similar to a locktite  fixing
When in place you cant see the bits I added on my Dorset(Symbol)
Hope it makes sense

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Re: Does your microwave Shake Rattle and Roll?

Post by ymfb1 on Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:44 am

We have only done probably 130 miles in three journeys, including collection from Marquis.  Our Kingham microwave doesn't rattle nor move, I gave it a good firm Wiggle.

The worst of the rattling is I'm sure the shower screen, not sure it's possible to easily improve it.
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