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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer won't release beater

My Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer won't release the beater. It was always a simple push up and turn and now it is stuck tight and you cannot push the beater up at all it won't even move no matter how much pressure you put on it. I read on the Kitchen Aid site that you can spray cooking spray on the spring to lubricate it and I tried that, still won't move.

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I had this same problem as well.  The beater was stuck like glue to the rotating arm, and it would not budge with any amount of pressure.  I tried the cooking spray and it did nothing.  But today I put a rag in hot/boiling water and then carefully wrapped it around the top of the beater.  I let it sit for 10 minutes. Then I put the rag in hot water again and repeated the process for about another 5 minutes.  When this was done, I covered the beater in a towel (to protect it) and forcefully tapped (ok... I pounded) it with the flat side of my meat tenderizer (it was all I had...you could use a mallet or hammer).  It took a little bit of work because I had to hammer it from the bottom, then the side, then the top to get the little spoke guided through the shaft.  But it did finally come off.  After cleaning with hot water, I put the beater on again and noticed that it was still a little hard to get on/off.  So, I put a little bit of veg. oil on it, and it seems to be better.  Going forward, I will be sure to clean the top of the beater & arm after each use and then coat it with a little oil to keep from sticking.  Best of luck!

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

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Kitchenaid K5A mixer 10 speed only runs on fast, no slow speed

it runs on fast only. The slower speeds do not work. Model K5A KitchenAid Stansd Mixer

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Pull the back off and there will be two screws at the top of the Speed Control Plate and a 3rd screw at the bottom. Tighten the top two screws down. bakerboy49203@yahoo.com. Let me know if it works.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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speed switch doesn't work, Hi speed only

I have a Kitchenaid 575 watt, 6qt. mixer. After about 10 minutes of use, the ten speed switch no longer controlls the speed. It will only turn on and be at the highest speed. It will turn off and some times will not turn on at all. If it sits for about 45 minutes it will be fine. But after using it again the same problem will occur.My daughter loves to bake and I want to fix this problem as soon as possible. Thank you

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CAREFUL, do this unplugged. Behind the back plate (one screw on top to remove) there is an adjustment single security screw, lower center. Adjust this screw out or in as needed. Hit or miss but very easy. Repeat till all speeds work as designed.

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Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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Black Residue on meat using Kitchenaid meat grinder attachment

I recently started using the Kitchenaid meat grinder. After about a hal a pound goes through, black residue is all over the meat. When I take it apart, there is tons of oil-like back gunk in the meat chamber. I was hoping it may just be a one time thing, but this is the 4th batch of meat I have made and it has just gotten worse. I see others are complaining about it (eg. on Amazon.com reviews). It is coming from inside the machine where the grinder attachment fits into the machine. Second question: Does this happen with regular meat grinders also?

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This is a common issue with the Kitchenaid food grinder. The black residue is a product of the meat itself.

With Kitchenaid Food Grinder Attachments, it is recommended that the meat be partially frozen before grinding. This is to ensure a quality grind and to make sure the meat holds all its juices while grinding.

If any juices from the meat are leaked into the food grinder, the friction will cause a chemical reaction and turn the juice from the meat into a black substance.

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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My KitchenAid Mixer won't turn on

Hi, My KitchenAid Mixer will not turn on. Please help!

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Check your Brushes  or bushings or whatever there called ) those little black things on the side of your mixer above the speed selector and the up/down switch) Check to see if they have started to wear down then i recommend taking it in for service. Good Luck!

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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Kitchenaid mixer smoking

smoke comes from motor when on

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Replace the motor.

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

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Planetary Drip Ring will not stay on K5SS Mixer

Planetary Drip Ring has fallen off mixer and I cannot get it to stay on. It looks like a friction fit so I am reluctant to try to glue it. How can I get it to stay on?

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Hi, EAGLESON: You are correct, the Planetary Drip Ring is a friction fitted piece that should stay on during normal use. It should be on tightly enough that to remove it by gently tapping the edge of the ring with a straight screwdriver at several places around the ring. If the drip ring is falling on it’s own, than you might try tapping the bottom of the drip ring upwards with a few hammer taps around the ring to see it that seats it any better (place a piece of wood between the hammer face and the ring to protect the ring).
If it still comes off, then the ring opening has been expanded to the point that it won’t ‘grip’ the mixer head where it’s attached. You can either attempt to ‘crimp’ it with a pair of pliers at a few points around the ring so that it can grip the flange better, or you may want to order a replacement drip ring, entirely. However, do not try to ‘glue’ it on.
You will want to have the Repair Parts manual on hand to identify the correct part number for your Drip Ring. If you're lacking one, you can download a PDF version from the KA website: http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/home.
Click on Customer Care>Locate Manuals & Guides> Enter the 6 character model number, in your case use KSM50P (Your K5SS mixer falls within this manual), and select the first file KSM50P.pdf (438.31 KB) listed under Parts List (4) and then check to verify this matches your mixer model.
Turn to pages 4 & 5, titled “Case, Gearing and Planetary Unit”, which provides and exploded view for the disassembly and reassembly of your mixer, along with all the parts. Locate Illus. Nos. 42, Planetary Drip Ring, (Part # 4162074), which is the part you want to order.
Here are five potential vendors in no particular order: RepairClinic.com; mendingshed.com; searspartsdirect.com; partstore.com; and Grainger.com. Prices can vary widely between vendors, so do your comparison shopping.
Also, while your mixer is apart it would be ideal to check for any other unseemly wear and tear on the gears, etc. It can be messy but quite gratifying to diagnose and repair your KA mixer yourself.
Finally, here are some links to several excellent websites that detail the disassembling/reassembly of a KA Mixer. The mixers displayed in the links are different KA models, but the principles are the same.

Between these three websites and their excellent pictures and descriptions and your Parts List manual, you should now be able to completely disassemble, repair, and reassemble your mixer.
Finally, if you feel this is beyond your capabilities and will be too difficult to do by yourself you can take your mixer to a local small appliance repair shop and have them troubleshoot and fix your mixer. KA Customer Care can provide you with the name and phone # of the closest authorized KA repair shop in your area or you can do a Online web search, but be sure to get at least three estimates before deciding to commit to one repair shop.
Good luck. I hope this helps. Howard, Burke, VA
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Posted on Dec 22, 2009

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how do I add oil to my kitchenaid stand mixer?

I recently moved and noticed that my mixer was packed lying on it's side and some oil leaked out. Should I be concerned and do I need to add oil? If so, how do I add oil?

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if the oil is black or dark green this is the transmission grease. There is plenty in the case don't worry. You may have a cracked transmission case or a bad gassket. I think the most likely thing is a loose screw or two. Take the trim band off, 1 screw. Then take the 4 screws that hold the cover on. You can now lift the top and take a look for the sourse of the leak

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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Repair manual for a KitchenAid K45SS stand mixer

Mixer is noisy and I need a repair manual.

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You should be able to look up your manuals HERE

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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HOW TO TEST A PHASE CONTROL BOARD ON KITCHENAID MIXER

My kitchenaid mixer 5kpm stopped working. How do I test the phase control board to see if this is the problem.

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I am sorry to say but only with a new one, about 30 bucks and five minutes of work, but if your mixer has any speeds working except only high (only high means it is the phase control board) then it is more likely the speed control board is bad rather than the phase board. Can you send is more info on what happened when the mixer started or stopped working. We can be of more help with more info

Posted on Mar 25, 2013

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