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Kitchenaid stand mixer automatic safety shut-off

Is there a way to adjust or install an automatic shut-off for this mixer? I tend to break gears, shafts and gear covers when the mixer gets bound up under a heavy load, if it would shut off it would save parts. Thanks for your help.

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SOURCE: I have a Kitchenaid Professional

hi

there is a ring clamp on top of the main worm follower gear on the drive shaft. you might not see it due to the grease.

you need to get one of those weird little pliers with points on them to spread the ring clamp to remove it. Then the gear is just friction fit on the shaft...it's pretty tight. I carefully used a screwdriver to slowly separate the main follower gear from the lower gear and it goes up the shaft....

after a bit you can wiggle the follower gear by hand and it will come up. Then you can see there is a pin holding the drive gear underneath it in place. The pin in my mixer was actually bent (must have been some tough dough).

then you reverse the process to put the gear back on -- except that the top follower gear has to go on the pin in the right orientation or the ring clamp won't fit.

buy your parts from mendingshed.com

hope it helps.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Repair manual for a KitchenAid K45SS stand mixer

You should be able to look up your manuals HERE

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

ricardok45
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SOURCE: Kitchenaid stand mixer oil leak

Hi. The grease that your mixers are lubricated with has reached a stage where the oil is leaching away from the grease. All your machines need this grease changed. Shell Darina EP-2 or Chevron FM ALC EP-2. These machines need to be internally cleaned and re-greased. It's important to remove the oil from any place that it drips. The planetary gear must be removed, cleaned and re-greased also. It's a messy job, but you can do it yourself if you're familiar enough with machinery. If not, then a suitable service outlet can easily do it.

If you choose to do it, go to the Kitchenaid website and locate the parts files for your particular model, these drawings will assist greatly with the project. If you can, take digital photos at every step of dis-assembly as a reference for re-assembly. If this solution assists you, please rate it. Good luck! ricardok45

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

ricardok45
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SOURCE: Need Kitchenaid k45ss manual

Hi. All of you should goto www.kitchenaid.com and enter your model# into the search window. You can download Operators and Parts manuals for your model. Kitchenaid does not provide Service Manuals but the parts drawings will be very helpful with disassembly and reassembly.

If this solution has assisted you, please rate. ricardok45

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

hslincoln
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SOURCE: KitchenAid Mixer is not rotating.

Hi MANILYNTHEOB. I’m sorry to hear about your mixer not working. Unfortunately from the symptoms you describe, your mixer has experienced a transmission failure. You don’t mention how old your KA mixer is or how hard it’s been used, but for your particular model, KA has a plastic gear designed to fail, instead of the whole mixer ‘going up in smoke’. And what it sounds like is that this fail-safe gear finally ‘failed’ (stripped) so that the power from your electric motor is not getting to your planetary (“elliptical rotating part”) and the agitator shaft. What can you do?
The good news is that this can be fixed quite easily (OK, maybe a little effort) by yourself, if you are a DITY type person, feel adventurous, and your mixer is not under warranty you can troubleshoot it yourself. Be sure you have the Parts List manual on hand. 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> then enter the visitor type “Consumer” and then 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 for the disassembly and reassembly of your mixer, along with all the parts. Locate Illus. No. 58, Worm Gear Bracket & Gear, including Illus. No. 12, Worm Gear (23 teeth). I suspect this is the weak link in your mixers transmission and causing the problems. After clearing all the grease away, you’lll probably find that is has been stripped.
You can order a replacement gear and install it yourself. While you’ve got your mixer this far apart you can check for any other unseemly wear and tear on the on the gears and other components. Besides a replacement gear, and grease you might consider replacing the gasket, too. You should use a food-grade grease that you can order online (although I’ve seen automotive bearing grease used too – your call). Do not try to reuse any original grease as this should be filled with debris from the stripped gear.
Here are five potential vendors in no particular order: RepairClinic.com; mendingshed.com; searspartsdirect.com; partstore.com; and Grainger.com. You should search for ‘food grade grease’. Prices can vary widely between vendors, so do your comparison shopping.
It can be messy but quite gratifying to diagnose and repair your 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 and reassemble your mixer, should you decide to go that route.
If you feel this repair is beyond your capability, then I would seek out a local small appliance repair shop in your area. KA Customer Care can give you names of local KA authorized repair shops in your area, but you can also do an online search to supplement what KA may provide you. Call to explain your circumstances and find out their hourly rate and get an estimate of what they think it would cost to repair your mixer. Also, always obtain three or more estimates – do some comparison shopping. Good luck, I hope this helps. Howard, Burke, VA
If this solution was helpful, please rate it, thanks! – hslincoln

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