Question about KitchenAid K5SS Heavy Duty Commercial Stand Mixer
Have oil coming out of the mixer just about the bowl area were the beater goes in. I taightened the two black slottle screws on the side and when I tipped the mixer backwards oil run out and down the back of the stand behine the bowl. Can this seal be replaced if is broken?
Don't open up the "works" part of your mixer if it is still under warranty!!!! If the policy hasn't changed, you'll void the warranty by doing that.
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Posted on Feb 09, 2008
A standard maintenance procedure for these KitchenAid stand mixers requires periodically changes the grease in the gear housing. After several years and/or hard use, the grease eventually breaks down and becomes thin, like oil. The chrome ring above where the beater attaches is actually a "drip cup" and is designed to catch the oil, but eventually it overflows. The unit will need to be opened up and the old grease removed and replaced with a special high temperature grease recommended by KitchenAid (Part No. 4176597) Essentially, it is a high temperature type of grease that will resist breakdown for longer periods than standard bearing grease used for cars. It is a very common procedure and can be performed by a handy homeowner or a service center. To do it yourself will take about two hours and instructions can be found at several locations online. Once done, it will purr like new and last several more years.
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
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