I can't get my kmix stand mixer to open. The release lever at the side does not seem to depress properly, and I just can't get the top of the machine to move at all. No idea what has happened, as it was fine last time I used it (only a couple of weeks ago). I'd appreciate any ideas as to what has gone wrong, and how I can put it right. Coming up to Christmas I really need to use the machine!
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Open up the Motor Housing and inspect the Switch Lever with Stud.
The Lower Gearcase has many depressions which allow the stud to
snap into it when the Speed Selection lever is moved. If the Stud
is worn out then there isn't much you can do but replacing it.
3184193 is the Switch Lever And Stud part number for your model.
If the attachments that you are talking about are the dough hook and the whip, then the red lever is not used to put them in or take them out. The red lever releases the plastic housing on the end of the mixer, which then exposes the mounting hole for the major attachments such as the grinder, sausage maker, etc. You push the red plastic lever, then gently pull off the plastic end of the mixer. It should come off with absolutely no force. Then insert your food grinder or other attachment with the red lever held back. Once the cog on the grinder is aligned with the fitting inside the hole, release the red lever so that the recessed hole on the grinder will become engaged. The Kitchenaid classic stand mixer and the Viking stand mixer have essentially the same set up.
each have adjustable heights. to adjust the height you need to loosen
the bolt at the top with a 14mm spanner. If the bolt was loose when it
was being used then it can get too short and not leave enough clearance
between the bolt and the machine in order to push up and turn to release
the implement. If this happens take the open ended spanner, grasp the
implement and rotate the spanner clockwise (when looking up at the
machine from below. Once the nut is loose rotate the implement until
there is enough clearance to remove it normally.