We had the same problem with our Kenmore range purchased in 2007. I forgot how ridiculous this design was and removed the door for a thorough cleaning after the oven cleaning cycle was done. Fortunately my husband is also retired so he had the muscle to pry the hinge in a fully opened position plus the tools to keep the hinges unlocked. The design may prevent improper door removal (by kids) but is a bleeping nuisance for anyone else. This one chore took several hours, the least of which involved actual cleaning. Shame on you, whoever dreamed up this design. When the hinges snap back (and they do) my husband was glad one of his fingers wasn't in the way!!!!
WOW. That's all I can say. I've been wrestling with my Kenmore door all day. The nail trick was magic. Thanks so much.
Thanks for this, I was really frustrated until I found this. I used my foot to bend the hinge down and a screwdriver to move the locking pin back into place, just in case the hinge snapped back I didn't want my fingers near it.
Thank you for all the advice! Oh my! We worked on getting the door back on our Kenmore oven for two hours! We finally found this post, used a nail to hold the hinge open and alleluia! It worked! Thank you so much!
We have a model ES510 Frigidaire. The hinge lock has to be opened to get the door off. The hinge lock can only be put back in the proper installation position when the hinge is completely extended toward the bottom of the door. Not half way. The hinge opens further than you originally believe and requires a lot of force and leverage. I used a large pry bar. Once I fully extended the hinge, and locked the hinge in position, it held the hinge hook completely extended and the door went on without a problem. No shims or nails required. While holding the door in position, return the hinge lock back to hold it in secure position.
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