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KitchenAid 250 Watts; Classic: Leaking Oil

This mixer has been used about 15 times since receiving it as a gift about 5 years ago. Recently the mixer started leaking oil about the housing above the mixer beater. The mixer also sounds like it's laboring. What is wrong? Can it be fixed? If yes, how much?

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  • Deerdoc Dec 15, 2008

    Mine is much older,but have same problem.

  • caponebrown Dec 25, 2008

    Received mixer for a christmas gift 5 years ago. Started baking recently and now my mixer is leaking oil from above the mixing bowl. Today as I was making a cake the mixer seemed as if it did not want to work at all. If I put it on the highest speed, it was running as if it was on the slowest speed. Is this normal and if not can it be fixed?

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    How much oil can the machine lose?
    How do I replace it?

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Found this,may be helpful.
Why do I see oil leaking from the beater shaft of my stand mixer?
Some KitchenAid® stand mixers that are not used very often or have been tipped may experience slight oil leakage from the shaft or hub attachment. To avoid the oil leakage, KitchenAid suggests that you run the mixer weekly for short periods of time. Generally, the mixer may lose approximately X cup of oil before repair is necessary. The oil used is FDA approved and is not harmful to consume, should any get into the food that you are preparing.
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