Vintage Kenmore Range 911.938810 looking for the owner's manual, Also, the latch for door, which allows the self-cleaning, does not want to move

datalady

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Hello!
I have a new to me Kenmore 911.938810 electric range (see below). I think it may be from 1985. I have the parts manual but am looking for the owner's manual and have had no luck finding it online. Does anyone know where to find it?

Also, the latch for door, which allows the self-cleaning, does not want to move. I put some WD-40 on it and it still doesn't want to move. Is there a way to get it to move, or do I need to replace the latch? Where is the best place to find parts for an older Kenmore stove like this? Thank you!!!
 

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rickgburton

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You're missing a number in. Use model number 911.9388111.
You'll need to access the latch assembly and see what the problem is. Check the latch lever is not bent. There's a switch on the latch assembly that is activated by the latch lever and that supplies voltage to the lock solenoid. The plunger in the solenoid lets the latch open and close.
 

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Thank you so much for the information! I’m going to look at the latch this weekend.
Hello! I accessed the latch and it was really dirty! I cleaned it up and the lever started moving and locking the door. I have hope. One question—while I was cleaning, the longer spring that goes from the back of the stovetop (middle picture) to the latch flipped off and I can’t figure out exactly where it goes. There are hooks on each end of the spring. I put some pictures below. Do you know? Thanks so much!!
 

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Oh Boy, maybe if you could take some better pics I'll try to remember. That part of my memory has a lot of corrupt files. I have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast. lol
 
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