I have a ten year old Hitachi bread machine that still works fine, but I need to remove and clean the shaft. Last time I did this I used a standard white grease, and, of course, after 20 - 30 runs the grease has started to complain, sith the result that the shaft is fairly stiff. What type of lubricant should I use for this, and at what type of store should I expect to buy it?
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Hi, The sealed bearing located on the bottom of the bread pan has failed. This bearing is sealed with lubricant to allow the paddle shaft to spin easily. The black stain you see is the lubricating grease. You need a new bread pan. Hank
Hi.. The "central shaft" could mean the motor shaft is not turning or the "central shaft" could be the paddle shaft in the bread pan is not turning. If it's the motor shaft then tighten or replace belt. Since you "lost all your stuff" it could be the sealed bearing in the bottom of the bread pan has broken. The paddle doesn't turn and is leaking. If this is the case the bread pan needs replacement. Hank
Hi, There is a sealed bearing in the base of the bread pan. The paddle rotates on the sealed bearing shaft. The bearing is filled with a lubricant that is sealed inside the bearing. Over time this lubricant may have gotten hard, or the rubber in the bearing got a little brittle. If this bearing sticks the paddle will not spin. The hot water may have loosened everything up. Your friend that told you to use hot water in the pan probably saved you the expense of a new pan. Hank
The problem isn't the seal, it is the bearing. You need to disassemble it, clean it, and lubricate it. Turn the pan upside down, and there's a C-ring that you need to pry off. Then you can tap the shaft through the bearing, and it will fall out. Clean the shaft and inside of the bearing, lubricate it, and reassemble.
I usually lubricate with vegetable oil, to avoid any chance of noxious contamination getting into the bread, but I've read a recommendation to use liquid graphite lock lubricant, available from NAPA Auto Parts, to prevent the bearing from sticking again as soon: http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-lubricate-your-bread-machine-pan-shaft-bearing_W0QQugidZ10000000016577277
BTW, be careful of that rubber seal -- they are apparently irreplaceable! (I need one, if you find a source.)
Hi Jenny, The black swirl stuff is the lubrication from the bearing that used to be sealed on the bottom center of the bread pan. (The paddle fits onto this bearing shaft). That bearing is broken and is leaking, causing the whole bearing and shaft to move. Time for a new bread pan.
I have the HB B301. I bought it from someone who almost never used it (single guy), but I have no manual for it, and I have not yet figured out how to make it work, nor found a manual for it. How would I test mine to make sure the part you need is working? This machine is very large and would probably be expensive to ship, so I would like to test it before you invest anything in it.
If you have found the part you need, would you mind sharing a recipe and instructions for something in your manual - like basic white or wheat bread?
May be that the coating on the pan is just wearing off. Had the same problem several years ago and it was just that the poor old machine was over used and the simplest solution was to buy a new pan. That machine went though 2 of them before it died its self.
I had the same problem after storing my machine for several years, BUT, I lucked out...I just added a little warm water to my pan and then turned the machine on and let the paddle turn a few rotations and walla!!....it freed itself and is now making great loaves once again!