Kitchen Aid Mixer leaking grease around beater shaf
Mixer works well and looks new but starting to leak oil and getting a bit noisy. Would it be a gear or gasket problem? The model is #K45SS and wondering if parts would still be available. Appreciate any info you could give!
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Re: Kitchen Aid Mixer leaking grease around beater shaf
Yes there are still pars avalible. the model will change but the internal parts are the same for the most part. there are screws on the back of the mixer. two on the metal band and one on the top of the motor houseing. open the mixer up you may want to disconect it from the base of the stand. to do this. see where greese is comming from. i dont think that it has a gasket you will see the gears and lots of grease you can take you finger and re smear the grease on the gears. but unfortunatly you may never get rid of the new noise. mine has been grinding for years. i use it 2 to 3 time a week. it works fine except for the noise which to me is not a big deal. if you need any parts you can get them from kitchen aid I hade to replace a gear once. (making to much pasta)
but they are easy to replace.
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It is just the grease in the gearbox breaking down. It is food grade grease so perfectly harmless. Wipe it away from time to time or pull the mixer apart and change the grease. When the oil stops leaking it will then be necessary to change the grease as it will be getting too thick to do any good in there.
the rotating plate needs to be pulled of and clean the grease out and only put two teaspoon dabs on ether end. to pull it of you will need to push the pin in the middle out and just lightly tap it back in.
Bucksmom, Sorry to hear you mixer is 'leaking'... I hate it when that happens. You don't mention how old or what model your KA mixer is? I assume you mean the band around your mixer with the Kitchenaid logo, when you say 'kitchen aid ring.
Your mixer does have an internal gear mechanism (transmission if you will) which converts the electric motors rotation into the mixer rotation and those gears are located within the mixer. The gears were lubricated at the factory, but depending on the age of your mixer and how it is used, it is possible that the grease has leaked beyond the gasket and that is what you are seeing now.
It is possible to disassemble the mixer to determine where the grease is coming from and troubleshoot if anything else might be wrong within the transmission.
Hopefully the leakage is not getting into your food being mixed. Kitchenaid Grease should be 'food grade' grease, but you still don't want to ingest it.
I hope this helps... Howard, Burke, VA
It can be. This may require replaing the plate that the shaft comes through, since there is now enough play to allow the grease that is in the nead to leak through. You can find the parts online, but be ware, it involves tapping out pins and undoing many screws. Manuals are available online at Kitchenaid.com
I went to Kitchen Aid'sKitchen Aid's web site and had an on line chat with a tect support person name Jessica. She told me that if the mixer is not used a small of oil will leak out. to fix the problem you must run the mixer for a few minutes every month or so. This seems to work. Rick
I have this problem too -it is rather common if you search the web. There was a suggestion posted on this site about what to do. See http://www.fixya.com/support/t125253-mixer_leaking_oil
I have also read about other people taking it to a Kitchen Aid repair place where they repacked the grease for about $45. I took mine apart and there is gobs of grease around the gears. Right now I am still trying to figure out what to do. I am going to have my father look at it to see what he thinks since he is good with motors. The Kitchen Aid web site says that the grease is FDA approved, so at least it's not going to kill you if a little gets in your food. Their suggestion is to take it out and run it for about 5 minutes at least once a week. They say it leaks if it is not used often enough. That logic doesn't make much sense to me, but you could try it. Mine seems to leak more when I run it because the grease heats up and liquifies more. I hope that helps.
I'll let you know what happens with mine, once it's fixed.