The thing was built with 6 oz. of Shell grease, so it should never need grease unless it is taken apart and rebuilt due to some other problem. Food-grade grease is the wrong material. The gearcase is sealed and should not leak.
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They do not have oil in them, it will be the grease breaking down. It is food grade grease so not at all harmful. If you want to replace the grease you will need to pull the mixer apart and clean out the old grease and purchase some new grease from Kitchen Aid, a very messy job.
The grease is food grade grease and Kitchen Aid supply it as a spare part so depending on where you live either from themselves or an Authorised Service Agent. If you are in New Zealand then I can supply.
Wipe the oil off and carry on. Over time the gearbox grease breaks down and oil separates from the grease solids. Eventually the gearbox will need to be repacked with new grease. Don't worry about a drip or two in a cake, it's food grade grease so harmless.
I'm assuming yours is an older model with the tilt-head feature.
It's not oil, it's grease. Here is a very detailed article on how to add grease to the mixer. After you have added some new grease and tightened the screws it will stop leaking. The temporary fix is to simply remove the chrome ring as is done in the picture on the attached link, clean out the oil and stick it back on till it fills up again. It is called a drip ring for the reason that it catches the oil component of the grease which drips from the gasket when the screws loosen:
Hi, TREASAM: You don’t mention your model so it makes it difficult to provide an exact answer.I’ll do my best to provide you a ball park answer instead. It appears your mixer’s had a transmission failure in the gear r planetary gear assembly (agitator); one of the main gears has failed, hence the loss of power to the agitator, while the electric motor still runs. The inspection and troubleshooting of the mixer transmission is a DITY capability, particularly if your mixer is out of warranty. Just be sure to have the correct Part List manual around when you start to disassemble your mixer. If you're lacking one, you can download it from the KA website (http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/home). Click on Customer Care>Locate Manuals& Guides> and enter the 6 character model number, and then select one of the files under Parts List (definitely check to see it this matches your mixer).Turn to pages titled ‘Case, Gearing & Planetary Unit, for the disassembly, troubleshooting, and reassembly of your mixer, along with all the parts. Once apart you can check for any other unseemly wear and tear on the gears, etc. You may find more parts that need replacement than just a bad gear. You may also want to consider replacing the grease, particularly if there are gear particles suspended in it. Besides needing a replacement gear and grease, you might consider replacing the gasket, too. 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 search for ‘food grade grease’. Prices can vary widely between vendors, so do your comparison shopping. It can be messy but quite gratifying to diagnose and repair your mixer yourself. Here are some links to several excellent websites that detail the disassembling/greasing and reassembly of a KA Mixer.
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. Good luck and have fun. I hope this helps. Howard, Burke, VA If this solution has helped you, please rate it. hslincoln
Bucksmom, Sorry to hear you mixer is 'leaking'... I hate it when that happens. You don't mention how old or what model your KA mixer is? I assume you mean the band around your mixer with the Kitchenaid logo, when you say 'kitchen aid ring.
Your mixer does have an internal gear mechanism (transmission if you will) which converts the electric motors rotation into the mixer rotation and those gears are located within the mixer. The gears were lubricated at the factory, but depending on the age of your mixer and how it is used, it is possible that the grease has leaked beyond the gasket and that is what you are seeing now.
It is possible to disassemble the mixer to determine where the grease is coming from and troubleshoot if anything else might be wrong within the transmission.
Hopefully the leakage is not getting into your food being mixed. Kitchenaid Grease should be 'food grade' grease, but you still don't want to ingest it.
I hope this helps... Howard, Burke, VA
Hi Snowbird. Your mixer was manufactured in late 1940's or early 50's. It was sold with one all-purpose combination whisk/beater. There is no dough hook available from Kitchenaid. There are two greases you can use in your mixer. Shell Darina-2, or Chevron FM ALC EP-2, the Chevron product is rated as "food grade", meaning that it is safe to ingest if it drips into the food you are mixing.
Remove screws and cover to expose the transmission. Remove all traces of old grease and replace it with one of the above "approved" greases. If you find this solution helpful, please rate it. ricardok45