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Blender has lost top two speeds

My blender only does stir, chop and mix. The puree and liquefy buttons don't up the speed like it used to do - it remains at the mix speed.

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With my blender, some of the buttons stopped working, and I found a simple way that fixed it like new, with no special skills or replacement of parts. To determine if this fix will work for you, unplug the blender and press on each button. As you do this feel and listen for a definite 'click'. If you here it for the buttons that are working, and not for those that aren't, you probably have the same problem.

I discovered that there is a tiny mechanical push button switch under each button. The switches are held snug to the bottom of each button by a thin metal bracket. If you have heavy fingers, the force of pressing the buttons over time, causes the bracket to deform, moving the switches further and further away from the buttons until, eventually, no matter how hard you press, they are no longer close enough to depress the switches underneath.

The solution is to simply open the blender (with the power cord removed) and gently push the button assembly back towards the buttons. To get inside you need to pull out each of the four rubber feet, and unscrew the phillips head screws that are hidden under them. Next, seperate the top and bottom sections by gently pulling the power cord through the strain-relief (don't worry, it goes back together very easily). Before putting it back together, check the buttons (always with the power cored unplugged !!!) for the 'click'. If this doesn't work, you may have to take out the two screws that fasten the bracket to the blender, and bend the bracket hold-down tabs with a plier, in the opposite direction of the switches (that way when you put the screws back in, they'll move towards the buttons. That's it.

Hope this helps someone like me save about $150.00 for a new one and keep another 10lbs. of junk out of the landfill.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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