KitchenAid Mixer Pivot Shaft Tweak

The shaft that tilts the mixer head has started walking sideways out of its hole, which is not to be tolerated. Looking up inside the base column shows a locking screw that’s worked loose:

KitchenAid mixer - pivot shaft and locking screw

KitchenAid mixer - pivot shaft and locking screw

I took the thing apart and filed a flat on the shaft:

KitchenAid mixer pivot shaft - added flat

KitchenAid mixer pivot shaft - added flat

And then a dab of Loctite on the screw will prevent that from happening again:

KitchenAid mixer pivot locking screw

KitchenAid mixer pivot locking screw

It’s still piddling oil on the countertop. If you have one of these things, always store it with the head tilted upward. That makes the oil run down the column onto the counter, rather than through the planetary gears into the mixing bowl…

 

  1. #1 by hexley ball on 2012-02-17 - 19:39

    >>If you have one of these things, always store it with the head tilted upward.

    Or, you could repack the grease and stop the leak. The procedure in http://downloads.mendingshed.com/KitchenAid_Service_Manual.pdf worked for me.

    • #2 by Ed on 2012-02-18 - 07:35

      I love the “SOLID STATE” proclamation: yes, a genuine Triac, driven from a mechanical governor.

      Next time there’s a puddle, it’ll be time for a teardown. Surely there’s some gooey gear grease on the Lubricants Shelf…

      Thanks for the link!