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Can you send me a digital photo of the interior of your pan showing the spindle in the bottom? I may be able to tell if I have a paddle for your machine by looking at that photo. Send the photo to me at my email email@example.com
It is not normal for the paddle not to move in these units. First we have to determine weather the paddle is striped or the gear is stripped. At the bottom of the paddle there is a hole that attaches to the turning gear on the machine. Look and see if it still matches the sprocket in the bottom of the ice cream maker. If it does not still match I would suggest buying a new paddle. You can purchase a new paddle from Cuisinart for $8.00 and here is a link to the page. http://www.cuisinart.com/parts/ice_cream/ice-20.html
However, if it is not the paddle please post back to this thread and I will see if it is worth changing out the bottom gear.
Either contact the manufacturer, or remold the interior of the paddle hole yourself. How? Using something like JB WELD. Place a peice of plastic wrap over the metal spindle, spreading it not only around the spindle but 2-3 inches outward like a skirt. Mix the epoxy (I recommend JB Weld) and place a small blob over the spindle. Pack the hole in the paddle with it. Now, place the paddle back over the spindle and let the epoxy set-up overnight.
Because of the plastic, the paddle should lift up off the spindle. Using a carving tool, a hand grinder, or sandpaper and elbow grease, remove the excess hardened epoxy. The interior of the spindle hole should be good-as-new.
OR, find A STORE that sells breadmakers, and find a paddle that will work on yours, and 'borrow it' (a your own risk, shoplifting is a crime).
To fit new paddle,line up the lugs on the paddle in the slots in the drum, and push firmly with both hands towards the rear of the drum, you should feel it click into place, make sure you fit it the correct way round.
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There is more than one version of drum paddles, assuming you have got the right one, then locate the paddle in the slots in the drum, and push firmly into place, you should feel it click in to place, to check, pull the paddle lightly back towards you, it should remain fixed in place.
Also make sure you have got it the right way round.
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We had exactly the same problem. We contacted Panasonic who supplied bogus "advice" about changing the type of flour and using more water. We eventually discovered the reason for the problems: the mixing paddle was now a loose fit to the spindle. Part way through the baking process it would stick. We also have a solution. You jam tin foil in the gap between the spindle and the paddle, it works a treat. Don't waste you money on a new paddle, this won't be a tight enough fit.