Question about Cuisinart Grind and Brew 10 Cup Coffee Maker
Same problem and I'm the husband that always got it unstuck...... until this morning. I read somewhere that putting the whole machine in the freezer will work. I did and the grinder just lifted out without any pressure at all! My wife was laughing at me when I was looking on line for a solution but she just smiled when it was removed.......
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
I fixed the problem on my coffee maker fast and cheaply! I found that the stem that the grinder sits on had a small crack vertically in the hard plastic. That caused the diameter of the stem to swell just a bit larger and the grinder to bind to the stem. My solution was to remove some of the material in the area that was binding on the stem. Since the motor for the grinder turns at a high speed, I let it do the work. A file worked very well for the job. I by-passed the safety cut-off plunger, by pressing a rod into it, hit the on button, then carefully held the file to the area to be filed. I then used medium sandpaper to smooth everything
If you try this, be sure to not take off too much material and only file in the affected area. Also we are by-passing the safety switch - so obviously use caution. I only did thiis a couple days ago but so far the ginder comes out very easily. Here are a couple picts.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
Put the whole machine in your refrigerator freezer for 2 hours. The grinder basket should now come off. Take the whole unit to your shower and rinse it thoroughly in plain hot water. Dry it. Then look at the point where the basket joins the brewer. You should see a little spindle and a set of helical gears. You will see the same helical gears on the basket itself. Now, spread white lithium lube on the gears and the spindle. None of this is anywhere near the water flow so you won't get lube in your coffee. All of this should solve the problem of the stuck basket.
Posted on Jul 07, 2010
I used a screwdriver as a wedge as well, and was able to pop it off. Then I oiled both parts that make it spin--the stem, and the hole the stem goes into--and was able to take it out.
Posted on Oct 08, 2012
I have the same problem (this must be a manufacturing defect if so many of us do) and tried the oil solution. It worked very well for a while and doesn't work anymore. I now buy ground coffee.
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
Experienced the same problem of grinder being stuck..... ordered a new grinder unit (including cover) thinking it would solve problem. It did not!
New grinder has a fresh new blade that probably works a little better than my old grinder. My solution was to remove the grinder with a screwdrive wedged in the back of the grinder cup-be careful when doing this. Once removed, rub some vegetable oil on the stem in which the grinder basket sits. A little oil on a paper towel will suffice. Makes the grinder removeable after use. I have done this each time I use the grinder and it has helped tremendously.
Posted on Sep 10, 2008
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