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How do you take apart the KitchenAid Mixer K5SS to get at the gears? The motor runs but the beater doesn't go around. I have an exploded view, but it isn't clear how to begin disassembling the planetary.

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It quick terms, first remove the head. Take off the band, this is where the two halves join. Undo any screws holding the halves together. Remove the pin holding the planetary in place. Remove the trim disc. The planetary assembly lifts out but you may need to work around it carefully lifting it a little at a time.

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I cannot get the pin out to remove the planitary. I have sprayed it with lubricant but it won't budge. Any suggestions?

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