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I removed one of the brushes on my KitchenAid K45SS, cleaned it and the motor started (it had died)- so far so good. Then I tried to remove the second brush, assuming it also needs cleaning, but the spring came out without the brush. How do I reach in and pull it out?

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Depending on how deep and how stuck it is there is a possible way to pull it out; add a tiny dot of crazy glue to the end of a wooden skewer or chopstick and hold it until it dries. It can then be pulled out ..sometimes. I have had brushes stick and (if the motor worked) just left them alone rather than go into full disassembly mode.

The first method is not ideal, but a little easier than drilling a tap hole in the back of the brush and pulling it out with a screw extractor.
Good luck with your project,
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