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Can you be more specific? What mixer and what specifically is the problem?

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Kiitchenaid artisan head will tilt but wont stay up


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If it is new take it back and get a service agent to sort it out for you. The solution can often involve filing out the locking slot. Make sure that the hinge pin is locked tight and that the head height is set correctly. Incorrect head height can certainly prevent the head locking.

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The screw is purely for adjusting the head height and that is with the flat paddle. If the head is not locking when the paddle is at the correct height then the locking mechanism needs to be adjusted. If you take it to a Kitchen Aid authorised service person they will sort it for you, they will have done heaps of them. Often the solution is with a file, if you go too far there is no going back so best left to the experts.

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When under a load (such as bread dough) my locking latch will not stay locked. How can I adjust the latch or repair the problem?


Well I afraid that you will not like the answer. The locking latch on a tilt head mixer can only be fixed replaced or repaired by taking the motor head apart. The bottom from the top.

1 remove mixer from stand
2 remove silver drip ring
3 remove rear end cap
4 remove locking pin in the planetary
5 remove planetary
6 remove nine screws in bottom of mixer
7 separate top from bottom of motor head
8 do not tear gasket or you will have to replace it (buy on line)
9 inspect locking latch and tighten or replace as needed
10 check gear grease and replace if all hard or all runny
11 reassemble

Sorry this is not an easy fix but it is do-able. You will need throw away rags a nice flat work space and some patience. I f you have never done a mechanical fix to anything it should take you about two hours, if however you are mechanically inclined and not afraid to tackle new projects should take you about forty-five minutes. let us know if we can help you.

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Kitchenaid mixer bowl clearance is barely clearing bowl but the head will not lock. If I adjust till the head can lock, the flat beater will be touching the bowl. Is there something wrong with the...


You need to adjust the head height so that the flat paddle is just clearing the bowl. If the head will not lock in that position then you need to investigate the locking mechanism. If the lever goes right forward as far as the slot in the side will allow then you could have a bent rod inside.

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Dough blade is scraping the stainless bowl. The mixing head seems to be sitting lower. In order to lock the tilt I have to lift the head a little.


If you're still having this problem, here's what I did a few minutes ago that fixed it. Lift the head, then turn the screw that connects the head to the base to the left. You're basically unscrewing it. That screw regulates how high or low the beater is. Unscrew it a little at a time, and lower the head and try to lock after each turn. The head will gradually get in a more locked position. Keep turning the screw till the head finally locks in all the way. Read the "beater to bowl clearance" section in the manual.

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This may have a simple solution: This sounds like an issue of beater to bowl adjustment, which can come out of alignment naturally over time and with use of the machine.

If the flat beater is striking the bottom of your bowl, this may cause the locking mechanism to loosen and may cause the mixing head to "bounce" during use.

Your Use and Care Guide will cover the "beater to bowl adjustment," which you can do at home in a few minutes with a flathead screwdriver.

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