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The blade in my Super 5000 wet container turns very stiffly.Should I take it off and lubricate it? There also seems to be water visible under the bottom of the container.

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  • michael_d793 Apr 10, 2011

    I took it to an appliance repair shop,who did the work for $45.

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Stiff or stuck blade problems can be fixed by replacing the two bearings and seal inside the blade assembly. Care must be taken in installing the new bearings as not to damage them. Ideally they should be pressed in, on a press, but they can carefully be tapped in using a sockets to match inner and outer races so your not tapping on the balls.

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Testimonial: "Thanks,I took it to a local appliance repair shop,who did what you described for $45."

  • vancetom Apr 11, 2011

    If you are a bit handy you can buy the bearings and seal from an auto parts store or online and do it yourself costing probably about 7 to 12 dollars for the bearings and seal. Did you ask repair shop to give you the old bearings/seal? You can use them for a sample t order for next time.

    Good luck!
    Vance

  • michael_d793 Apr 11, 2011

    No,it never occurred to me.They've probably thrown the old seal/bearings out by now.I DID ask the fellow what he did to remove the bearings,but he was busy,and I didn't want to hold him up.

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