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Brushes arc severly at point of contact with commutator. More than just brushes not seated. Comm. is round clean and looks good. Stator has been changed. Made no differance. Brushes are good.

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If the brushes are long enough, severe arcing is often CAUSED BY FAILURE of one of the windings on the armature, NOT the stator.

Either an open or shorted winding will cause this. Use an ohmeter between adjacent segments to check the resistance. The resistance can vary by say, 10%, but if you find one pair that is outside that a bunch, look for broken wire near the commutator that you might repair, but beyond that, you usually have to replace the armature.

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

Testimonial: "Thank you for input. Shorted armature is what I expected but I never had one act just like this before. Usually the motor won't get up to speed. "


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Inspect the brushes carefully, be sure that the little copper wire is firmly attached to both the brush and the little disc at the other end of the spring. Clean the brushes well, allow no oil at all to contact them and if they have gotten oil on them (including cooking oil) clean them with a spray can of electric motor cleaner. If you use non-flammable motor cleaner you will have less of a chance of starting a fire, but it's much slower to evaporate. When you put the brushes in, look at the ends and turn the brush so that the hollow worn into the end fits properly to the commutator. The mixer will run with the brushes turned wrong, but it's simply good practice to fit them properly.

Dust and corrosion will accumulate between brushes and their holders, and it's very possible for a brush to not go all the way into position when reinserted. Again, the electric motor cleaner will help- spray a bit down the hole and on the brush, slide the brush in and out and note any stickiness as it reaches the bottom of the hole. Each brush must contact the commutator with the full pressure of the spring behind it and be free to move as the machine is used and the brushes erode. Note that cleaning the holders can take several tries, and if there is crud in the holder the condition will get worse before it gets better, so take note of how the brush moves, especially at the bottom of its travel. When it's clean you'll be able to hear it contact the commutator when you put it down the brush holder.

If you look down the brush hole you'll see the commutator- the copper bars of the commutator should have a pretty, burnished appearance and the insulation between them should be clean and not standing up above the bars. Black sooty looking deposits and/or pitting indicate that the brushed have not been advancing to the commutator with wear as they should, and arcing has been taking place. This will be caused by dirty brushes binding in their holders or by worn out brushes that are unable to advance or by the commutator bars wearing faster than the insulation between them- a condition referred to as "high mica".

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Are the strips of the commutator smooth and flat?
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