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Motor runs but switch won't activate despite new parts

If I press the small black button on the base with a screwdriver, the motor runs.  I replaceed the 2 main bowl parts, but the switch still won't activate in the normal operating position.  If I use a knife and push the actuating pin down further, then motor engages.  I took out the switch, but there are no obvious defects.

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Make sure the handle of the bowl is facing the front of the food processor. Place the lid tab just to the left of the handle and slide it toward the handle until it won't turn anymore. Remove the pusher sleeve from the lid and reinsert it with the lock facing the front of the food processor. Slide the lock into the locked position. If it still doesn't work, replace the third piece on the work bowl - the one piece that you haven't replaced. It will then work.

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Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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