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Oil or grease leak

My mixer was packed by movers upside down. oil or grease leaked out and i am affaid to run it.

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Hi SANDYCRAB155. I can sympathize with your reluctance to use your mixer, but depending on the amount of oil you found and where it was coming out of you mixer, you shouldn’t worry too much and after cleaning up the grease with soap and water, it should operate normally.
The internal gears of your mixer are factory packed with enough grease to last a 'lifetime' whatever that means? Depending on your mixer’s age and degree of usage; all these factors contribute to cause the oil come out of suspension in the grease and seep beyond the gasket and out of your mixer.
Where did the oil come from? You said it was ‘moved upside down’ (not recommended for your next move) so did the oil come out of the brush cover cap holes (on either side of the mixer head) or the motor vents? If that’s where it originated, then you'll have to clean the brushes (and possibly the motor armature) before starting the mixer again. The only way to check if that occurred though is to actually take your mixer apart and look inside.
If you are DITY type person, and feel adventurous, and your mixer is not under warranty you can troubleshoot it yourself. Be sure you have the Parts List manual on hand. 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 select a file listed under Parts List (check to see the illustrations match your mixer model). Turn to the pages titled ‘Motor And Control Parts’. You will need to carefully inspect all the components, particularly Items the brush assemblies, and the commutator portion of the armature (where the brushes touch the armature), and anywhere else in the motor compartment that may have been contaminated with oil. Oil is good for lubricating gears, but bad for electric motors.
Any parts exposed to oil will need to be degreased and dried before reassembly. I use GUNK degreaser and blow-dry the parts with a hair dryer or toaster oven (N.B. Be extremely careful when doing this).
When you reassemble your mixer, the brushes must only be installed one way. Make sure the brush’s concave contact face is resting completely on the armature. If it is turned it 90 degrees too much, it won’t' seat properly and the motor will not get any juice.
While your mixer’s apart is a good time to check for any other unseemly wear and tear on the gears, etc. You may find more things that need fixing, adjustment or replacement. You don’t mention how old your mixer is, but if it’s over five or six years, it probably wouldn’t hurt to re-grease the mixer’s transmission.
You may find it easier to replace the brushes than degreasing them. Here are five potential online vendors in no particular order: RepairClinic.com; mendingshed.com; searspartsdirect.com; partstore.com; and Grainger.com (for grease). You should search for ‘food grade grease’ online (although I’ve seen automotive bearing grease used too – your call). Prices can vary widely between vendors, so do some comparison shopping.
Here are some links to several excellent websites that detail the disassembling/reassembly of a KA Mixer for your future reference, too.

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! I hope this helps. Howard, Burke, VA
If this solution has been helpful to you, please rate it, thanks! – hslincoln

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