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KitchenAid K5SS mixer speeds up beyond set speed.

Mixer can be set on slowest speed and will start running at that speed, but then speeds up and sometimes slows back down. I checked the brushes and they look good and are about .75" long, so I don't think that is the problem.

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    worked, but not on the lowest speed. Extracted the brushes; they looked fine, reinserted them, now nothing. We were very careful to insert the brushes so they aren't binding.

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I have the same mixer and I believe your problem is the governor that is on the back of the motor. You can figure it out by downloading the repair manual here:http://store.mendingshed.com/kitaidparts.html The manual has all the info you need; including a troubleshooting section. The governor is availible from the the same site here:http://store.mendingshed.com/kagovernor.html What tipped me off on my K5SS was looking at the governor as it ran and I could see it moving back and forth; not steady like it should. Good luck!

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