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The tilt part of my mixer moves when mixing, more so as the speed increases. Is this normal? At first I thought it was because the beater was hitting the bottom of the bowl, but I have corrected for this and it still happens. I just want to know if this is supposed to happen.

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The motor head will have some natural movement to it because it's a rotating mechanism and it's meeting resistance in the bowl when it comes to your ingredients. If you're confident that the mixing head shaking is not something normal, and you've all ready looked at the beater to bowl adjustment, here is my suggestion:

Running through the base of the mixer, near the hinge, is a little hinge pin. It's a steel rod that should be flush on each side of the base. This is what we're focusing on.

Turn the mixer gently onto its side. Underneath the mixer, there is a hollow portion looking upward into the base of the mixer itself. At the bottom of this hollow is a single flat-head screw. Go ahead and loosen this screw. When this screw is loosened, the hinge pin will come out of the base. Holding the hinge pin flush with the base, re-tighten this screw.

If the hinge pin was loose at all (which can happen over time and use of the machine), this may cause the locking mechanism of the mixer to not function optimally. This could cause excess movement.

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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