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    Default Kenmore Elite stove burner won't light

    Model Number: 790.46813992
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    Kenmore Elite, 790.46813992
    My gas burner won't light on it's own. I used the similar threads and tried switching two of the sparkers. No difference so I assume it is the spark module. Unlike the video my module is right front under the top. I'm not sure how to get to it to change it out. Thanks, Art

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    From the parts diagram it looks like its under the top, but I believe its down on the bottom right side, you'd need to take the screws off the right side panel and pull the panel out a little and you should see it.

    Here's the spark module for your model:
    Manufacturer part number 316135702 is RepairClinic item number 1483923


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    Default Burner won't light

    I will look at the right rear, but I'm pretty sure I see it in the top right front with the burner removed. There is some kind of module there that all the spark wires plug into.

    Art

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    Ok Art,

    Yes if its underneath the cooktop you have to remove the cooktop, and on this model its not easy, you have to pull the whole range out and take all the screws out thats holding the top in place.

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    Yes there do seem to be a lot of them. It even seems to be screwed to the gas tube distribution thing. It suddenly started working again, so I think I'll wait 'til it stops again and maybe just try reseating the connections on the spark module and sparker. We'll see what happens.
    Thanks for the help.
    Art

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    Ok Art, sounds good.

    Yes, getting that top off is very cumbersome on this model.

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    Okay. Finally got around to replacing the module. Actually was able to just undo the top 4 screws on each side and then the 4 under the front panel. The front panel drops drops forward and down which allows me to release the module and gently pull it up thru the burner hole. So far so good
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    Switched the wires from the old module to the new one and put it all back together.

    When I try the right front burner it still won't spark. When I try the other burners they all spark including the right front. The spark is weak except for the one I want to light.
    Any suggestions? Bad new module? Some sort of short?

    Art Baylor
    Last edited by Art Baylor; August 22nd, 2011 at 01:57 PM.

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    When you turn the right-front burner on does it click or dead silent?

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    When I turn on the front right, no click, no spark at all, silent. When I turn on other burners I get strong spark for the burner I turned on and weak spark at all the others, including the right front. I also swapped igniters between the Rt. front and another burner. I tried squeezing the spade connectors to get a tighter fit. The Rt front started working, became intermittent , and now has quit sparking again. This is where I started. Grrr. Art

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    Ok, then it has to be the burner igniter switch thats bad. Its located under the that burner knob which slides onto the burner valve stem.

    Manufacturer Number 318037700


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