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KichenAid K5SS Speed lever does not stay in ''off'' position. When the lever is placed in the off position it moves to speed 1 immediately.

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    The speed control lever will not move

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Hi Burt. Go to mendingshed.com, look up kitchenaid mixer parts. Near the top of the page, locate the free kitchenaid service manual. Download this valuable manual, it will help you to diagnose and repair your mixer. Mending Shed also sells KA parts. If you order parts directly from kitchenaid be prepared to wait for at least a month for the parts to arrive.

If this solution has assisted you, please rate it. Good luck! ricardok45

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My mixer wont stay turned off it springs back to number 1 speed so i have to turn off via plug socket


Shelly, usually this can be repaired without needing ANY parts! Its pretty simple but you do have to tear apart the mixer. Here is a link to the service manual: http://ep.yimg.com/ty/cdn/mendingshed/kitchenaidservicemanual.pdf

99% of the time you are dealing with a loose screw. So take the mixer apart, once you have done that you will find the speed control lever with knob has a screw that holds it in place and in contact with the spring. That screw can work loose and if not all the way tightened will allow your mixer to pop back into speed one. Simply tighten the screw and see if the mixer will operate correctly.

If the speed lever is working through all 10 speeds correctly re-assemble the mixer. If it does not correct the problem you will want to buy the speed control lever kit.
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KitchenAid Mixer Speed Control Lever Kit 4176230

The part number you will be looking for is 4176230, it is only about $7 plus shipping of $3.25.

-Colleen @ Mending Shed

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The Lower Gearcase has many depressions which allow the stud to
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You need to adjust the mixer speeds. Obtain a copy of the K5SS Repair Part List from Kitchenaid.com. Remove the screw holding the End Cover and locate the three screws from the Control Plate. All three (2 top left and right, and 1 bottom) must all be adjusted. 1. Loosen the lock nuts enough & Turn the 2 top screws clockwise until they cannot be turned
anymore. Leave the bottom screw alone for now.
2. Use a dab of white paint or paper whiteout to mark the positions of the Phillips screws.
3. Plug in your mixer and Set the speed selector to "Stir".
4. Turn each top screw One full turn couterclockwise (alternating between Left and Right)
Keep making one full turn at the time (for both left and right) until the motor starts running.
5. Put your hand near the Agitator shaft and allow it to brush your finger slightly. Use your
watch or clock and start counting the number of times the shaft touches your finger in
60 seconds. The correct count should be 60 RPM (Rounds Per Minute). If it is less
or more than 60, give each screw 1/4 turn counterclockwise or clockwise and start counting
again. Now tighten both lock nuts.
6. Set the speed selector to "6" and turn the bottom screw either clockwise or counterclockwise
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For your reference, the planetary RPM's for the 5-qt. tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer are as follows:
Stir speed - 60
Speed 2 - 95
Speed 4 - 135
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Speed 8 - 225
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http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/assets/pdfs/literature/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%208212369.pdf

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