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KitchenAid model K45SSWH doesn't work

I thought I was removing the top of the mixer to see why my mixer was leaking oil/grease only to find I was removing the magnets(?) around the motor and now it no longer works. How can I get the mixer to work again and how can I get it to stop leaking the grease?

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  • walker-clark Jan 11, 2009

    I was trying to clean mine and did the same thing. The manual refers to the brushes as being marked "right", "left", and "up". The only markings on the brushes are a part number. My mixer is 25 years old and was still going strong until I tried to clean it. Maybe the gunk was holding it together.

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Check and make sure the brushes are in correctly. There is only one correct way. The brushes are tapered and need to go in with the taper bypassing the little notch inside. They hard to see but, they are in there, Good luck.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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Refer to the repair manual, here:
http://www.mendingshed.com/kitaidparts.html

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