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Loosened blades on a vitamix 3600 stainless steel container

The acorn nut on top of the blade assembly on our vitamix 3600 stainless steel container (with the twelve-point spindle) has spontaneously loosened. I have had this unit for about 20 years (got it second hand). Have never serviced it. I use it at least once a day, and often more than that. Not sure how to approach retightening the acorn nut. It all seems very loose, and there is a good deal of vertical endplay in the entire blade assembly. Can you point me in the direction of how to fix this? I'm getting hungry. :-) Thank you so much in advance for your help! Marji in the Catskill Mountains of New York

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If what you can't see in your device, namely the motor assembly, it may be that the assembly is one of those not designed to be taken apart and that it is wearing out. If so, that could be the cause of the looseness you are experiencing. It may be unrepairable or more costly to fix than to replace. Twenty plus years is a good run for almost any mechanical device.

Posted on Jan 02, 2014

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SOURCE: Blade not spinning

My Vitamix 3600 plus has same problem. Result of detachment of rubber coupling between lower splined socket from blade shaft. This is a tough rubber molding that takes tremendous punishment through years of smoothies. Mine showed some rust on the bottom of the blade shaft, where it parted. I tried gluing back together with super glue and tried to eyeball it. Of course it was off by a few degrees. When I reassembled and turned it on, what a racket of vibration! But it held. Amazing. Obviously not good to go though. So I took assembly all apart and redid it, chucking the shaft and the lower nut in the lathe. This time, all true on axis. Glue held for about a week. Right now I am regluing, this time with epoxy. We'll see how it holds up. And meanwhilst, I'm researching replacement parts! I'm not too optimistic about the epoxy.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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Hi,

I want you to try this,

1.Remove the blender jar from the blender motor .

2. Check the jar by turning the shaft by hand to see if it rotates easily. .If not, disassemble the blade and ring. Check for obstructions or misalignment. It is better to change the shaft which holds the blade......

If it fails you again, you have to contact with the service center or visit this site
www.vitamix.com/household/service/service.asp

Hope my info helps you,
Thanx for using fixya,
Waiting to help you from your comments.....

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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SOURCE: blade turns with difficulty

Check the blade assembly it may be worn out.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: When trying to blend things like frozen fruit or

Frozen elements are generally not recommended for blenders of any brand. They may cause the blade assembly to stop moving completely, or to "bog down," and this may eventually damage the motor. It is recommended that frozen fruits and/or yogurt be thawed when possible before placing into a blender. If this is not a possibility for you, I would use a "pulse" or "chop ice" function to rapidly spin the blades for just a moment. This will chop the contents in smaller, more manageable parts. This should be done before adding other liquid ingredients.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: The blade in my Super

Stiff or stuck blade problems can be fixed by replacing the two bearings and seal inside the blade assembly. Care must be taken in installing the new bearings as not to damage them. Ideally they should be pressed in, on a press, but they can carefully be tapped in using a sockets to match inner and outer races so your not tapping on the balls.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011

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