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Are you using the white coated beaters or the burnished beaters. If they are the white coated beaters then the finish has come off and the zinc/underneath is rubbing off. Are you using the aluminum looking beaters in heavy acidic applications? if the mixer is new go to kitchaid customer support they will re-place. if your mixer is out of warranty then you need to replace it. about 15.00 t0 24.00 USD. if the problem persists then you may be leaking metal shavings from the planetary head, (I don't think it is happening but it is a possibility) if it is ground metal shavings you have a serious problem. I can't say anymore without knowing more. What application are you getting this result. is it all the time. is it after the mixer sits along time. need more info.
If you have already fixed the problem then great and I'm sorry that i didn't see it sooner. If you have not then do this first. BTW if you are under warranty this WILL NOT VOID the warranty.
Solution 1; There is a silver ring around the front of the mixer that you attach your beater or whip to. Take a nonmetalic hammer and a screw driver, place the screwdriver on the top edge of the ring and tap LIGHTLY on the screwdriver. The ring will fall off after a couple taps. DO NOT hit it hard, you can scratch the finish all the way down to the raw Zinc frame and you can knock the ring out of round. The ring is only held on by pressure so if you knock the ring out of round it will not stay on anymore. Onward and upward...turn the mixer upside down (On a Towel or you will scratch the finish) and you will see five screws that are now exposed tighten them down again. They won't turn much so don't worry it only requires about a 16th. of a turn. What you have just done is to tighten up the two parts of the mixer and apply pressure to the gasket / seal that hold the gear head grease in. While you have the mixer in this position (you have probably figured it out by now that someone else is holding the mixer upright while your working on it) you will find 4 more screws that attach to the mixer toward the rear. Give them a little tighten turn also. Now take the silver ring and place it back where you took it off from and tap it back into place. This ring is held in place by pressure only. If you find that the ring is not going on not to worry. You can give it a good whack as long as you hit straight down. If you knock it sideways you can knock the ring out of round and then it will never stay up again. So be careful with the hammer. If you look closely at the inside of the ring you will see what may be called "Stretch Marks" from where the ring was originally move it past those marks and tap it on. going back to the original stretch marks does not always work and the ring falls of so choose a new position for putting the ring back on.
Solution 2 THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY. If you proceed with this step and your mixer is under warranty you will void the remaining time on your warranty and you will be doing a basic tear down of your mixer. So first you need to order two parts, a gasket and some food safe grease. do a search for kitchenaid grease and kitchenaid gasket and you will find both at several sites including Amazon, so check pricing and shipping as both vary widely between sites. The next thing to do is go to kitchenaid.com and download a parts list for your mixer by clicking on the support tab and then click on download manuals and user guides. This will give you a working diagram of your mixer so that you can follow along with your work. The next thing to do is go out on the internet and search for a video that is out there that will walk you through it step by step. Change grease in kitchenaid mixer will take you there. To do a write up step by step would take a long time and a lot of space. It is basically eleven separate steps of dissassembly to get to the gear case grease then you have to clean out the old and re-pack with new grease and put it all back together. during the process you can knock your mixer out of "Speed" and then you have to re- tune the mixer speed. again, not hard but another step to do and there is a video on the internet for that too. You can check with Kitchenaid Customer Service and they will put you on to the nearest Factory authorized sevice center, If you are close you can drop it off if it is far away you will have to ship. the mixer weighs 25-30 pounds and will cost $25-30 dollars to ship. they will get return shipping. the cost of the re-pack also varies by state and location. In Orlando Florida it costs $110.00 to have it done plus shipping. In Miami if you haggle you can get it for $90.00 and if you don't have to ship at all it will be less. the job is not hard but it will require your time (2 Hours for the novice) and lots of patience and a work area that you don't mind getting dirty. DO NOT do this on your wife's kitchen table she WILL shoot you when the grease gets all over the place. good luck.
Except for asthetics and whatever obvious trim such as handles on bowls, etc, there is NO PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE; both mixers are outstanding appliances.
There has always been ONGOING MODIFICATIONS in motor design, relating mostly to formation of the electromagnetic flux and other intangibles, you will find OLDER KSM90s may have a slightly higher degree of OVERBUILDING- such as COPPER plating flashed on the back end of the carbon brushes to improve effciency, reduce heat, and lower electricl resistance, another example is oil wick felts included with the rear bearing assembly to help lubrication on older models. In both cases its over-engineering and it costs money- Ive never been able to read difference between the two carbon brushes on a Watt meter in actual use, nor have I ever actually seen, in more than 30 years mostly as authorized warranty service center more than just one single WORN rear bearing (from a mixer in a science lab, not a kitchen) with or without the oil wick felt- thats out of several hundred thousand mixers!
Newer mixers lack other similar accoutrements which had proven to provide limited tangible benifit on a practcal level.
KitchenAid keeps knowledgeable staff available at their 800 phone line at customer service to go into this subject without the unnecessary technical depth I've given,, and they may yet recall my name after these many years -DeSantis (Im the [disabled] son, JD2, not the grandson)- from the Trenton/central NJ area.
It covers several models including yours.
1. Check/Adjust the Flat Beater to Bowl Clearance:
Turn screw (A) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise the flat
beater or clockwise (right) to lower the flat beater
2. Check the Beater Shaft (Agitator Shaft) making sure the Retaining ring
is flushed with the surface of the Planetary Assembly
Constant Pulling and Removal of the beaters can cause the Agitator shaft to move
3. If the above two still don't solve your problem, follow the service manual
directions to disassemble the Planetary Assembly and check for loose screws
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