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Can you lengthen the beater by loosing a screw?

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Hi, KLOEHR, your beater will not lengthen by losing a screw. However, if you lost your Beater to Bowl Clearance adjustment screw, then it might appear that your beater had ‘grown’ because now the beater may be touching the bottom of your mixing bowl, where previously it had not. Simply said, the beater didn’t grow the mixer head drooped.
You don’t say if you have a ‘tilt-head’ or a ‘bowl-lift' mixer, but you can easily download a PDF version of your Owners Manual from the KA website at: (http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/home).
Click on Customer Care>Locate Manuals& Guides> and enter the 6 character model number (in your case, use KSM5PS)and select the last file listed that appear under Owners Manuals: KSM5PSWW0.pdf (2930.74 KB) and save that file to your PC. You’ll need to have Adobe Reader to be able to open it. Turn to Page 11 and you will find the instructions for adjusting the mixer head height. I have extracted the instructions below:
Beater to Bowl Clearance
Your mixer is adjusted at the factory so that the flat beater just clears the bottom of the bowl. If for any reason, the flat beater hits the bottom of the bowl or is too far away from the bowl, clearance.

Tilt-Head models
• Unplug mixer.
• Lift motor head.
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• Turn screw (A) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise flat beater or clockwise (right) to lower flat beater.
• Make adjustment with flat beater, so it just clears surface of bowl.
If you over adjust the screw, the bowl lock lever may not lock into place.

Bowl-Lift models
• Unplug mixer.
• Place bowl lift handle in down position.
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• Turn screw (B) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise flat beater and clockwise (right) to lower flat beater.
•Make adjustments with flat beater, so it just clears surface of bowl.

If you find the adjustment screw missing, you’ll need to replace it. But now you’ll need
I hope this helps! –Howard, Burke, VA
If this solution has helped you, please rate it, thanks! - hslincoln

Posted on Dec 11, 2009

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    Deborah Linzy Mar 24, 2014

    I did this but the beater still keeps hitting the bowl and making scratches on the bowl. What else can I do? Please email me at snowybear1957@gmail.com Thanks!

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Your mixer is adjusted at the factory so that the flat beater just clears the bottom of the bowl. If for any reason, the flat beater hits the bottom of the bowl or is too far away from the bowl, clearance.

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• Unplug mixer.
• Lift motor head.
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• Turn screw (A) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise flat beater or clockwise (right) to lower flat beater.
• Make adjustment with flat beater, so it just clears surface of bowl.
If you over adjust the screw, the bowl lock lever may not lock into place.

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• Unplug mixer.
• Place bowl lift handle in down position.
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• Turn screw (B) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise flat beater and clockwise (right) to lower flat beater.
•Make adjustments with flat beater, so it just clears surface of bowl.

If you find the adjustment screw missing, you’ll need to replace it. But now you’ll need
I hope this helps! –Howard, Burke, VA
If this solution has helped you, please rate it, thanks! - hslincoln

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With the bowl-lift in the low position, you'll see a screw on the column of the mixer facing toward the front. This is the adjustment screw. Use the flat beater to check the clearance.

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