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Kitchenaid bowl lift mixer bowl support

Bowl support rocks a little from side to side when it runs, even when the bowl is in the locked position. Is there a screw I can tighten to stop it from rocking? Keep in mind this is the bowl support only - the head stays stationary.

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    David Mar 18, 2014

    Let me add some details here. This is a reconditioned model - RKSM6573 OB, and I can rock the bowl support with my hand without any beater attached, or without the bowl attached for that matter. It seems to have the same amount of play whether it is in the up or down position. I was hoping it could be tightened up a bit without taking off the motor head assembly.

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David, that is a 6 quart mixer but uses the new 7&8 Quart mixer parts, KitchenAid has been covering those with a really long warranty, I want to say 2-5 years, and none of the service centers have seen them come in yet. That is not a problem on the 5 or 6 quart older style bowl lifts that we have ever came across, the best thing to do would be to contact kitchenAid directly. Their number is 800-541-6390.

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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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I had this problem and fixed it with some grease on the bowl lift lever. I used coconut oil for the grease as its obviously food grade. I greased the exterior which was the cause of the problem and the inside of the bowl lift lever. To get to the inside you can flip the mixer over (unplug it first) and remove the base with 3 screws to improve access. If further disassembly is reqired the C clip can be removed from the bottom of the mechanism and then slide the spring out. The bowl lift stand then comes out (you need to remove one screw if it catches) and you can easily reach inside. When putting it back together get someone with small hands. The C clip is easy to drop in the machine and easily lost.

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