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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer won't release beater

My Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer won't release the beater. It was always a simple push up and turn and now it is stuck tight and you cannot push the beater up at all it won't even move no matter how much pressure you put on it. I read on the Kitchen Aid site that you can spray cooking spray on the spring to lubricate it and I tried that, still won't move.

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  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    I did the same thing - wet a cloth with boiling water and tied it around the neck of the beater. Then you wrap the flat beater with another towel and hit it from the bottom. Then, use the cooking spray and repeat untll the beater is removed.

  • Dan Fixer Dec 09, 2012

    I just did the same thing with a K45SS and it worked great. I used a citrust gel spray rather than cooking oil but the hot water seems to be the key ingredient. I slowly poured about a cup of hot water from an electric water kettle onto a rag tied around the beater, let it sit about 5 minutes and it was ready to come off (and did) without even having to whack it first. Thanks everyone!

  • Alex Luken
    Alex Luken Oct 24, 2013

    Worked for me as well. Thank you for posting.

  • Monica Georgeo
    Monica Georgeo Jan 20, 2014

    Dear Alex, your advise is truly invaluable! It worked like magic! Thank you. Monica Georgeo


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I had this same problem as well.  The beater was stuck like glue to the rotating arm, and it would not budge with any amount of pressure.  I tried the cooking spray and it did nothing.  But today I put a rag in hot/boiling water and then carefully wrapped it around the top of the beater.  I let it sit for 10 minutes. Then I put the rag in hot water again and repeated the process for about another 5 minutes.  When this was done, I covered the beater in a towel (to protect it) and forcefully tapped (ok... I pounded) it with the flat side of my meat tenderizer (it was all I could use a mallet or hammer).  It took a little bit of work because I had to hammer it from the bottom, then the side, then the top to get the little spoke guided through the shaft.  But it did finally come off.  After cleaning with hot water, I put the beater on again and noticed that it was still a little hard to get on/off.  So, I put a little bit of veg. oil on it, and it seems to be better.  Going forward, I will be sure to clean the top of the beater & arm after each use and then coat it with a little oil to keep from sticking.  Best of luck!

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    Lisa Morales Aug 18, 2012

    Thank you so much!!! Had the same problem and did exactly as you did and it worked!!!

  • Reba
    Reba Sep 03, 2012

    Many thanks also. I had the exact same problem and following your intructions the mixer is now released. My mixer is new so it wasn't a matter of food build up as much as i think the coating overspray inside. Still very tight going on and off but the oil helps.

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    grungystuden Sep 26, 2012

    many thanks for this...Just had the exact same problem - lil spray of veg oil, hot rag soak followed by a few 'taps' with the flat side of my meat tenderiser, and hey presto...beater now removed. A very 'ladylike' solution with 'ladylike' domestic tools to get the job done. Now to unscrew things with a blunt knife and to hammer home nails with my stiletto's !!!! :-D (joking of course!)

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    armann_halld Dec 16, 2012

    Thank for this excellent advice, worked lika a charm!

  • Alex Luken
    Alex Luken Oct 24, 2013

    This solution worked for me, too! Thank you for posting.

  • Barbara
    Barbara Nov 28, 2013

    Here I am thanksgiving morning with a stuck paddle! thank you for the great advice - boiling water on a towel (I had a big bowl underneath to catch the water) and cooking spray did the trick! woohoo. thank you!


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I had the same problem and the spraying it with Veg Oil and waiting for 10 mins worked for me. Took some wiggling back and forth but came free. Thanks!!!!

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  • mia326 Aug 29, 2010

    thanks everyone for your input on the mixer... after 10 mins and lots of work it worked for me also. I think the hot water was the answer!


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I am having this problem with my mixer as well.
I have tried oil, filling up the bowl with soapy water and letting it stand overnight, pouring teapot after teapot of boiling water over the attachment opening... The beater won't budge, not a tiny bit. Could there be another explanation?

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