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Slipping gears I believe the reason the gears are slipping and The mixer will not handle a load is because the bushing in the top of the gear housing keeps sliding down onto the main gear shaft. How can I get this bushing to remain in the top of the housing where it belongs?

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there is a ring clamp on top of the main worm follower gear on the drive shaft. you might not see it due to the grease.

you need to get one of those weird little pliers with points on them to spread the ring clamp to remove it. Then the gear is just friction fit on the's pretty tight. I carefully used a screwdriver to slowly separate the main follower gear from the lower gear and it goes up the shaft....

after a bit you can wiggle the follower gear by hand and it will come up. Then you can see there is a pin holding the drive gear underneath it in place. The pin in my mixer was actually bent (must have been some tough dough).

then you reverse the process to put the gear back on -- except that the top follower gear has to go on the pin in the right orientation or the ring clamp won't fit.

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Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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From what I see, the "O" ring on the vertical center shaft that could be the problem and/or the transmission case gasket. I will let you know what i find when I venture into my mixer. Also, if you decide to try and repair your mixer, plan on replacing the nylon worm gear while you have it apart. Aparently they are known to strip or break. The cost should be minumal for all parts depending on your model, worm gear is between $14.00 to $25.00, the "O" ring maybe $1.00 at your local hardware store and the transmission gasket should be about $5.00. Mixer grease is $17.00 but I think I can find a sutible substitute locally. Check out for more information and parts.

Posted on Nov 02, 2008

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You need to carefully tap out the pin that goes through the gear and the shaft to remove it, You can find the parts list by entering your model number HERE.

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SOURCE: trying to replace the gear worm on a kitchenaid mixer ksm5ps

Hi. Go to the kitchenaid website, search for the parts catalog for your model of mixer. Download the file and use these expolded diagrams to get to the worm gear shaft. You'll have to remove and save the grease when you remove worm gear. This is a messy, but necessary job.

You don't say what caused the worm gear failure in the first place. If you were making a heavy bread dough when it failed, you need to look further than the worm gear.

Once you have removed the top cover of the mixer, look at the now exposed transmission housing at the top front of the mixer. If this is a plastic housing, check it carefully for cracks. If you find cracks anywhere on this housing, you have discovered Kitchenaid's cheap plastic housing. If your warranty has expired, remove this trans. housing. If you've never done this type of work before, I recommend that you take a digital photo at every stage of part removal, as these photos will help you when you re-assemble the mixer.

If you find that the trans. housing has cracks, this is the direct cause of your worm gear failure. You must check for further damage to the worm gear bearings and their seats. Look for cracks and/or pieces broken off of these bearings. Re-assemble in the reverse order using the photos and the drawings to guide you.

Be prepared to wait for a month for your parts to arrive. Insist on a new METAL housing for the under engineered trans. housing. Kitchenaid is now owned by Whirlpool Corp. The product is but a shadow of the way Hobart used to manufacture these mixers. If this solution has assisted you. please rate it. Good luck! ricardok45

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SOURCE: Under a heavy load, the mixer began clunking once per revolution

Disassembly and inspection is the only way to verify what it is. It sounds like you are correct. I have bought parts very reasonably on line and repaired our K/A mixer. The better sites ( I think I used have exploded diagrams. If you are tearing into yours, these are invaluable, and when you get to the broken part, you'll have a name for it.

Best regards, --W/D--

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