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Cleaning My mixer is 24 years old. I would like to take some of the pieces off to really deep clean. Is that possible?

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Hi KCVAIL. To answer your main question, yes, it is possible to disassemble your mixer to do some deep cleaning and perform some TLC maintenance, which after 24 years, it could probably use.
The inspection and troubleshooting of your mixer is a DITY capability, particularly if your mixer is out of warranty. You just need to have the correct Part List manual around when you start to disassemble your mixer. If you're lacking one, you can download it from the KA website (http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/home).
Click on Customer Care>Locate Manuals& Guides> then enter the visitor type “Consumer and enter the 6 character model number, in this case K45SSW, and then select the file under Parts List (1) K45SSWH0.pdf (341.41 KB) (definitely check to see it this matches your mixer).
Although not providing step by step instructions, the exploded view of the various component assemblies allow you to see how the mixer all fits together and the manual is essential for the disassembly, troubleshooting, and reassembly of your mixer, along with all the parts.
Once apart you can check for unseemly wear and tear on the gears, etc. You may find parts that need replacement. You may also want to consider replacing all the grease, particularly if there are gear particles suspended in it.
Besides replacement grease, you might consider replacing the gasket, too. I recommend using a food-grade grease that you can order online (although I’ve seen automotive bearing grease used too – your call).
As far as parts go, here are five potential vendors in no particular order: RepairClinic.com; mendingshed.com; searspartsdirect.com; partstore.com; and Grainger.com. You should search for ‘food grade grease’. Prices can vary widely between vendors, so do your comparison shopping.
It can be messy but quite gratifying to diagnose and repair your mixer yourself.
Here are some links to several excellent websites that detail the disassembling/greasing and reassembly of a KA Mixer.

Between these three websites and their excellent pictures and descriptions and your Parts List manual, you should now be able to completely disassemble and reassemble your mixer.
If you feel this is beyond your capabilities and will be too difficult to do by yourself you can take your mixer to a local small appliance repair shop and have them troubleshoot and fix your mixer. KA Customer Care can provide you with the name and phone # of the closest authorized KA repair shop in your area or you can do a Online web search, but be sure to get at least three estimates before deciding to commit to one repair shop.
Good luck and have fun. I hope this helps. Howard, Burke, VA
If this solution has helped you, please rate it. hslincoln

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