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Vitamixer 5000 leaks oil on the bottom of the container. Oil is not shooting up from the base of machine - so I know it's in the container. One time it also smelled like smoke so I turned it off. I haven't had this issue for a month and now today I leaked again. Where is the oil coming from? Do I need to re-oil it somewhere? What's happening? Thanks

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  • Jane Adams Jul 30, 2013

    The blades seem to be turning OK - so stiff moving blades is not the problem.

  • Jane Adams Dec 03, 2013

    Thanks Ross - I have not done anything with it yet except use it less - which is a bummer!

  • Ross Keen Dec 03, 2013

    Here in NZ the blade assembly and bearings come as a single unit and are not overly cheap. I would use it as much as I wanted and when the problem extends beyond just a bit of the grease coming out I would do my replacement then. There are wet and dry blades available depending on what you are going to be blending.

  • Jane Adams Dec 03, 2013

    We only have the wet blade. I was afraid it would not be cheap. Haven't used it lately so don't know if it still gets oil on the container when using. It's either oil or grease.


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Replace the blade assembly, it comes complete with the bearings which is where the grease is coming from.

Posted on Dec 03, 2013

Testimonial: "Ross Keen - have not fixed the problem yet and have not used the machine as much as I'd like, which is a bummer. Thanks for your info. I just need to pass this along to our fit-it guy!!"

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SOURCE: Our wet container smoked and smelled, the taste of

first take off the container and on the under side bottom of it that sits in the unit is a drive gear see if you can turn it with your fingers also at the bottom of the wet container inside it is a blade that spins in a bearing and this bearing gets tight or even seized up at times strip out this bearing and renew it and the seal but watch your fingers as the blade is very sharp rap it in a thick rag to hold it in your fingers,,,,

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SOURCE: I have a Vitamix Super

There is a bearing that sometimes slips, causing the main shaft the "black thing" connect to, to drop, making the base of the black thing touch the housing of the motor base. This is caused when placing the container on the blender base, and the downward pressure on the shaft sometimes cause it to slip. A quick possible fix for this is to try and lift the shaft up without damaging the thread the black adapter connects to. lift the shaft with a pair of pliers approx 3-4mm, while lifting the shaft look to the base of shaft to see if you can see a bearing of clip moving with the shaft. (move the shaft up and down to see if anything attached to it is moving up and down) This needs to be pushed down while the shaft is pulled up. it can be done with a flat screwdriver or another pair of needle nose pliers. Be careful not to pull the shaft up to high or the container will not sit on the blender correctly.
You can lubricate the bearing also at the base of the shaft with a few drops of sewing machine oil.
Also if this bearing has worn too much moisture can get into the electrical motor itself, causing corrosion in the windings and bearings, eventually leading to a complete failure. Unfortunately this can not be reversed and would need to a replaced. The sign of white smoke is a sign of this, but is also caused by the plastic rubbing. It could be either.
I hope this helps you in time for Easter! Happy Holidays Regards GM

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