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There are no low speeds. Runs medium on "stir" setting.

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  • msetley2 Nov 30, 2008

    No 'stir' or low speeds--runs on high speed only.

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See the solution at http://www.fixya.com/support/t501377-speed_switch_gone_beserk

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You need to adjust the mixer speeds. Obtain a copy of the K5SS Repair Part List from Kitchenaid.com. Remove the screw holding the End Cover and locate the three screws from the Control Plate. All three (2 top left and right, and 1 bottom) must all be adjusted. 1. Loosen the lock nuts enough & Turn the 2 top screws clockwise until they cannot be turned
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watch or clock and start counting the number of times the shaft touches your finger in
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or more than 60, give each screw 1/4 turn counterclockwise or clockwise and start counting
again. Now tighten both lock nuts.
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to achieve a speed of 180 RPM.

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