My mixer head has started to wobble while in use. I'm not sure when it began, but noticed that my moms does not and realized that mine does. I do not have a problem with the paddle hitting the bowl. I have tried adjusting the paddle using the adjustment and it didn't really help the problem at all, so I put it back in its original position. Not sure what else could be causing this, any thoughts? I also can't find my manual to see if its listed in it. My mixer is about 3 years old now.
Fixed it!!! My mixer had the same problem. It was a hand-me-down...
Okay, so I lifted the head and looked down into the pivot where there is a screw (looking from the front of the mixer). I took a flat-heat screwdriver and turned it counter-clockwise. (It took quite a few turns, the screw came out a few millimeters.)
BUT when I lowered the head, hurray! No more paddle rubbing against the bowl! No more head jumping up and down! No more wobbling in the "locked" position!
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You need to do a couple of strokes with a rat tail file at a 30 degree angle at the top of the slot the head lock engages into. You will need to remove the hinge pin to do this. A Kitchen Aid agent will have done plenty of then so it won't cost an arm and a leg to get it sorted.
I am guessing you have a model where the head tilts back. There is usually a pin that runs through the base and head hinge. Check that this is centered and not sticking out on one side. If it is, knock it back so it is even then tighten the screw underneath that holds it.
Lay the mixer on its side and look up through the base. You willnotice a small set screw. This holds the pin tight. If the set screw gets loose the pin willl begin to move out and the head will wobble. Simply tighten the set screw. I just did this to my Kitchenaid mixer 10 minutes ago and it now works fine.
The solution provided by luannej is useful only if your mixing attachment is striking the surface of the bowl. By adjusting the screw located at the junction of the head and base, you are actually controlling how far the head is allowed to tilt forward and, thus, the height of the attachment above the bottom of the bowl. Although the attachment striking the bottom of the bowl will lead to wobble (and noise!), it isn't usually the root cause of the wobble. In fact, the wobble may be causing the bowl strikes and adjusting the head height only hides the problem.
The head of the mixer is secured to the base by a large steel pin. Any play between the head and base comes from this hinge and its resulting tolerances. To "tighten" the sloppy tolerances causing your wobble, follow these steps: 1) Lock the mixer's head down and turn the entire mixer upside down. 2) Looking deep into the hollow base, find the small slotted set screw. This screw actually presses against the pin and takes up the slop between the head and pin. Note that this screw is not the large slotted screw I mentioned earlier visible when you tilt the head back. 3)Tighten the small set screw as much as you can. Your wobble should be greatly reduced or eliminated now. 4) Lastly, you may want to readjust the large screw controlling the head's tilt to optimize the distance between attachment and bowl. Hope this helps.