The metal rod that holds the mixer head in place seems to have FALLEN OUT, and I can't figure out how to get it back in. When I turn the mixer on without it, there's too much vibration. The thing tilts all the way back without its rod...help!!!
I had this same problem. so i wented to the kitchenaid website and looked up the user manuel. it said to adjust the screw that is in the middle of the hinge part between the head and the stand. you can only see it if the head is lifted. you have to turn it counter clockwise to raise the head and clockwise to lower it until the flat mixing head just clears the bottom of the bowl. i hope this helps and it is clear enough to understand
I noticed a small screw that can not be seen unless you remove the pin and turn the head over. This little screw may come a bit loose and if that happens the pin can loosen. Design is a bit lame but I found that by slightly tighten the screw . .. not to much since it will prevent you from pushing pin through . . . it will slow the pin from sliding out as quickly. Still slides outward over use but less.
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The pin that you refer to is called the hinge pin, first get a towel and lay it out on a clean work space (to protect your finish) then turn the mixer upside down on the towel and look down into the base cavity you will see a small screw either flat head or Phillips style or maybe hex. get what ever driver you need to fit that screw ans turn it counter clockwise a couple times, then get a non metallic hammer and gently tap the pin back in until it is flush on both sides. then re-tighten the set screw that you turned counter clockwise, now turn it clockwise and give it a firm turn to set the screw again. If the pin comes out you have to do it all over again but this time you have to turn the pin 180 degrees to get fresh pin to drive your set screw into again, if it happens again you need to replace the pin. let us know if this helped.
did you turn your mixer over and unscrew the set screw on the hinge shaft before trying to put back in? there is a small set screw that holds the hinge pin in place during normal operation. the screw sometimes comes loose and the shaft will vibrate out of it's normal operating position but when you try to push it back in the screw now stops the hinge shaft from going in, You have to turn the mixer upside down and look into the base cavity and you will see the set screw in the middle. Loosen first, return hinge shaft to normal operating position and the re tighten the setscrews, you can be firm with this screw, let us know if this helped
I an sorry but the only Rod in the back of a K45SS is the pivot hinge pin that holds the motor head onto the base. if it fell out then the answer is simple. Turn the mixer upside down and wiggle the base while sliding the pin back in. Once the pin is back in place, there is a set screw in the middle of the shaft that you can see while you are replacing the pin, turn this back down with a flat head screwdriver untill it is firmly against the hinge pin. The culprit of the problem is this set screw. It came loose and allowed your hinge pin to vibrate out and then fall down or fall out as you said. once the set screw is back in place you will be fine. To avoid this problem in the future you might remove the screw entirely and put a drop of "Lock-Tight" on it that will help hold the setscrew in place for a very long time.
The rod is the part that holds your mixer head to the base, turn the mixer over and you will see a small screw, loosen the screw and push or hammer the rod back until it is even with both sides of the mixer. Use a non metal hammer, then re-tighten the screw you loosened. it is a set screw that holds the pin in place. i would beleive that it is already loos or else you would not have the rod sticking out in the first place
I am guessing you have the type of mixer that the head tilts back on. I would suggest loosening the bowl by tapping the handle to undo it. I usually use the palm of my hand to tap it. I am guessing the mixture is quite thick and loosening the bowl should allow the head to lift. I am also guessing that the pin that holds the head to the body and acts as the hinge has slipped out of place. It should be equal on both sides of the mixer. If it isn't, knock it back into position then tighten up the screw under the base that holds it in position.
Okay, we just figured this out ourselves.
There is a little hole on the neck of the mixer, where the mixer motor meets the neck. While pushing the tilt release button, stick a small screwdriver into the hole (it will not go far) and pry the latch upward. While holding the latch up and the tilt button, have someone pull up on the motor while holding down the base. It might take a little muscle, but after that, the motor will be able to tilt back and forth like it did before it got stuck. If you are the one holding the tilt button and latch, please wach your finger so they don't get pinched when the motor swings up.