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I have a Cuisanart food processor. I lock down the bowl and then hit on. The light comes on, but nothing happens. I have never gotten it to work. I don't have the manual, but what am I doing wrong?

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In order for the processor to work, the bowl, lid AND pusher must all be in place - if one part is out of place, it will act dead. The proper assembly varies by model #. If you call Cuisinart at 1-800-726-0190, they are very good at getting you through the proper assembly.

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