Re: Broken Switch on West Bend High Performance food...
We had this problem to but we were able to assemble with the help of a rubber band that held the switch on until the lid was locked in. Then you could use it the same way...pushing the rubber band down to engage the switch. I need to add though that since using this option...for nearly three months, The switch housing broke as well. I am now on the search for something to replace it I guess.
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dishwasher powders/ detergents are high in alkaline with high PH values
that reacts with some metals or metal based products so any shiny aluminium finishes will be grey
it is a chemical reaction and will not be removable by washing or polishing
It will not look good but will cause not other problems
Look for a machine with the same style / bowl size as yours if your specific machine is not available. You can even download more than one to get additional recipes!
The main important thing if you have an older machine is to make sure when putting it together that the feed tube from the top aligns with the part of the bowl with the spring, so the button on the base gets depressed correctly. For some, the spring mechanism is on the front with the handle, for some it is opposite the handle.
If you put the top on backwards it won't work correctly, and you might break the catch when trying to get it apart... either on the lid, or the bowl, or both. It can be an expensive mistake.
The main important thing if you have an older style machine is to make sure when putting it together that the feed tube from the top aligns with the part of the bowl with the spring, so the button on the base gets depressed correctly. For some, the spring mechanism is on the front with the handle, for some it is opposite the handle... check the base for the tiny button to double check.
If you put the top on backwards it won't work (at least not correctly) -- but what's worse is that you are likely to break the locking mechanism when trying to get it apart... either on the lid, or the bowl, or both. It can be an expensive mistake.
Luckily, bowls and lids are available from Cuisinart... and many times the same bowl/lid was used for different machine numbers (the various models are about the base, not the bowls/lids/blades/etc.)
There is a small plastic piece on the lids 1-196 that slides into a slot in theback of the processer and is s safety interlock. unless your new lid will fit into that it will nto work. I know because i bought the wrong lid after the exact plastic piece broke on my original and I could not get the new one to work... right now my "work around" is to put both lids on.. the newer one does have the piece but its it the wrong place and I have to hold them while I use the processor.. sorry
You should not have taken it apart - that unit has a fantastic warranty. Call Cuisinart and get it repaired - don't even hint that you took it apart, or your warranty is void.
jo82 - here is how to test your motor to be sure -
Remove the workbowl completely, plug the base into the wall outlet, turn the machine on, take a pen and press in the little black/dark gray button on top of the base. If you hear spinning, then the motor is fine.
If the motor is fine, put the work bowl back in place with handle facing fromt of machine, lid lined up with bowl, and pusher sleeve with metal element lined up with front of machine.
If the motor test failed, call Cuisinart and get the unit repaired.
I had this problem, I finally stuffed a tiny piece of tin foil into the hole the spring is supposed to go into to activate the machine. It works, but it is always on, even if the bowl is not locked into place so I have to be careful. I just store it unplugged.
Our blade just came apart at the seam just above the blade, so we know what's inside. There is a small v-shaped piece of spring wire that is spread apart from the stem that is mounted to the machine. When the button is depressed (it's on a tiny spring, like a mattress spring, and that's what makes it bouncy), it spreads the v-spring wire and releases it. If you can get the seam apart, it will release the v wire and not damage the machine. Replacement blades are available on-line for $13.95, and whole machines are available on e-bay. Good luck.