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Lack of use is not the cause of the leaking of oil from my KitchenAid Artisan. It is 7 years old. It seems I need to get into my mixer and repack a few gaskets. It is not due to lack of use. Last weekend, I made a cake, two quick breads, and then potato bread. It began leaking after the last item. This weekend I made two quick breads and then cookie dough. It began a light stream/trickle after the first recipe. I thought maybe it overheated and the viscosity of the oil began to break down? Can this be repaired at home?

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Hi BESTATTI2UD. Your KA mixer’s internal gears are factory packed with enough grease to last a lifetime, whatever that means? Depending on the age of your mixer (7 years), where it was stored and how heavily it’s been used; these factors all will eventually cause the grease’s base oil to separate from its additives, with the resultant oil seeping from openings beyond the gasket down the agitator shaft, which is the situation you are experiencing now with your mixer. Gravity can be very insidious. To answer your primary question after 7 years it’s time for some TLC maintenance on you mixer, and yes, you can fix this yourself at home.
The inspection and troubleshooting of the inside of your mixer is a DITY capability, particularly if your mixer is out of warranty. Just be sure to have the Parts List manual on hand. If you're lacking one, you can download a PDF version from the KA website. Click on Customer Care>Locate Manuals & Guides> Enter the 6 character model number, in your case use KSM150P, and select this file, KSM150PSWH0.pdf (773.44 KB),
under Parts List (61) (check to see it matches your mixer model).
Turn to pages 4 & 5, titled: Case, Gearing and Planetary Unit, which provides an exploded view for the disassembly and reassembly of your mixer, along with all the parts. You may want to order Part #19, transmission case gasket, and some food-grade grease for starters. Once apart you can check for any other unseemly wear and tear on the gears, etc. It can be messy but very gratifying.
When you re-grease your transmission I recommend using a food-grade grease that you can order online (although I’ve seen automotive bearing grease used too – your call). As far as parts go, here are five potential vendors in no particular order: RepairClinic.com; mendingshed.com; searspartsdirect.com; partstore.com; and Grainger.com. You should be search for ‘food grade grease’ if you start digging into the transmission. Prices can vary widely between vendors, so do your comparison shopping.
Finally, here are some links to several excellent websites that detail the disassembling/reassembly of a KA Mixer. The mixers are different models than yours, but the principles are the same.

Between these three websites and their excellent pictures and descriptions and your Parts List manual, you should now be able to completely disassemble and reassemble your mixer, should you decide to go that route.
If you feel troubleshooting and repairing is beyond your capability, then I would seek out a local small appliance repair shop in your area. KA Customer Care can give you names of local KA authorized repair shops in your area, but you can also do an online search to supplement what KA may provide you. Call to explain your circumstances and find out their hourly rate and get an estimate of what they think it would cost to repair your mixer. Also, always obtain three or more estimates – do some comparison shopping.
Good luck and have fun. I hope this helps. Howard, Burke, VA
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