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Ksm90wh mixer leaks oil was told it needs oil

Kitchenaid ksm90wh mixer leaks oil was told it needs oil change i want to know how to do it

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There is no oil to change on your mixer. What you are seeing is a bit of oil that is coming from the grease in the gear system. It separates from heat and leaks out after you get it warm from heavy use. There is nothing to worry about and there is really nothing you can do but wipe it off and clean it up. Everything will be fine, there is no maintenance required

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