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Checking a range element :

With the element removed from the range, check across the terminals of the element for continuity. Depending on the manufacturer of the element, you will normally read between 19 ohms and 115 ohms, with an ohm meter. To see if the element is grounded, read between each side of the element terminals to the sheath of the element. If you read continuity, the element is grounded and should be replaced.
Element stays on high only:

This is usually a contact inside the switch that has stuck together. Because this contact will not open, the element stays on high heat all the time = new switch time.
Changing a basic bake element:

disconnect power first!

Remove oven racks, remove the mounting screws from the element mounting plate, found against the back wall of the range oven liner.
Pull defective element away from the back of the oven wall as far as the wire will allow ( the odd time, the wires may be too short and you may have to disconnect the wires from the element at the back of the range ).
Remove wire lead screws from the element.
Replace the element and reconnect the leads ( if only two wires going to the element, it does not matter which goes on left or right wire terminal ).
Tuck surplus wire behind insulation.
Line up holes and reinstall new element using existing screws.

Q - My surface element has to be "jiggled" or pushed in to make it work....what may be wrong ?

A - Modern surface elements are plug in....the element plugs into a receptacle. The connection between the element ends and the receptacle can become loose or burnt. Remove the element and check out the end connectors, and with a flashlight look at the receptacle condition. If the ends of the element or the receptacle look pitted or burnt = replace them. Picture help below.

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