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Toaster won't stay in down position in order to toast - Cuisinart CPT-160 - although it will toast if I hold the lever down as it toasts

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We opened up our toaster and scraped some baked-on crumbs off the top of the electromagnet that controls the carriage catch. When we closed it back up, it worked again.

Posted on May 10, 2010

  • parker_knoll Aug 14, 2011

    how did you open it up? i can't find a way to unscrew it

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I bought a replacement toaster.

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