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Security screws what tool do i use to unscrew my coffee maker? can you tell me where i can buy one if an ordinary srewdriver doesn't work?

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  • pete and pat Aug 29, 2008

    I need to replace the on/off switch on our coffee maker, but I have tried phillips screwdriver, allen wrench, flat blade screw driver and none of them work to remove screws to remove the base. I can see no other way to get to the interior of the unit to get to the switch. Any ideas on what type of screwdriver to use or to get to the area where the switches are located?


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    damian Dec 08, 2008

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.......And, where did you find the switch? Can we get a repair manual?

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    have a plugged tub from the water basin - cannot find the right size allen key neither standard sizes or metric work.



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Just had the same problem. You need to use a Torx T-9 Tamper resistant screwdriver. It is a star bit with a small hole in the center.
I purchased mine at Appliance Parts company in Las Vegas.702-382-6532.
Good luck

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

  • hrnchn Jan 10, 2009

    I called cuisinart customer service and was told that they could not tell me what tool is needed to open the bottom of the coffee maker.

    I asked if there was a local authorized repair center and was told that there is no repair program for their coffee maker. It is considered a throw away item.

    I found the right tool by calling several differrent people knowledgeble in small appliance repair. I repaired this $100 throw away item for the cost of the tool and a 25 cent piece of tubing.




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