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Replacement of lock and unlock lever

Need to know how to replace lock and unlock lever. Thanks, John

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Look for my posts on "Removing the motor cover". The lock is under the motor head. Its easy to find and fix.

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Hello Flyfishing19,

The problem that you are experiencing is due to the torque that is put on the head while mixing dough. The lock is still working fine, although it is getting wear. You can replace the locking mechanism. However, it will work for a while longer. If you want to change the mechanism post back to this thread and I will be happy to locate you one and explain how to change it.

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If the flat beater is striking the bottom of your bowl, this may cause the locking mechanism to loosen and may cause the mixing head to "bounce" during use.

Your Use and Care Guide will cover the "beater to bowl adjustment," which you can do at home in a few minutes with a flathead screwdriver.

Hope this helps!

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