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K5SS KitchenAid Mixer - Instructions

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These instructions have been submitted by other PartSelect customers and can help guide you through the mixer repair with useful information like difficulty of repair, length of repair, tools needed, and more.

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the gear wore out

  • Customer: Robert from Butler PA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 3 of 7 people found this instruction helpful
I rip everything apart and put new and grease it. works like a new one.

Plastic boke on the old thumb screw

  • Customer: Alice from St Louis MO
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
unscrewed the old one........screwed in the new one, no chance for electrocution or power tools..........darn!

Replace a broken attachment for an ancient KitchenAid

  • Customer: Kate from Vredenburgh AL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 3 of 7 people found this instruction helpful
I decided to repair my grandfather's first generation, ancient KitchenAid mixer. The wire whip had come undone so that it couldn't be used.

Everyone was skeptical that I could find the part for such an old mixer, but I got the serial number and googled "kitchenaid + the part number + whip whip + repair." That search brought up PartSelect.com.

It was very easy to plug in all the info and find the part on PartSelect.com and 24.99 later, the part arrived on my doorstep.

I took it out of the box, fitted it to the attachment on the mixer and turned the mixer on. Viola! Worked perfectly!

Thanks PartSelect! Everyone is amazed that I found the part for such an old appliance.

Spring clip broke off

  • Customer: JOAN from CARBONDALE IL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
As I was using my mixer the spring clip broke off. I immediately went to my computer and googled you. Twenty-four hours later the part had arrived and I installed it by removing two screws, holding the spring in place and replacing the screws. At the same time a repairman was in our home repairing our drier and I felt so empowered by my repairmanship that I nearly asked him to leave!
Thanks for your extreme promptness and readable parts chart.

pinion teeth sheared off the shaft

  • Customer: Ray from Roanoke VA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Repair went well after I figured out how to dis-assemble the mixer. Used straight & phillips screwdrivers and a small hammer & punch to drive out 3 pins. Ordered part# PS734233 pinion & shaft as shown in the parts page, it arrived on schedule, received part # 240210-2. Only problem was the new pinion had 10 teeth, the old/failed pinion had 11 teeth. Could not learn from anyone I called at PartsSelect or Whirlpool if the 10 tooth pinion was the correct part to use.
The teeth appeared to mesh with the mating gear,
installed the new pinion, reassembled and it worked fine. Not sure if it made a noticable difference in the output shaft speed.

Bowl won't lift

  • Customer: Beth from Torrington CT
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 2 of 4 people found this instruction helpful
A part required to operate the bowl lift had failed, "broken in half". I removed the base, by removing 4 large philips head screws, then removed the pedestal which housed the broken part by removing 4 more large philips head screws. I used a hammer and punch to drive out the split pin, a pair of pliers to remove the cotter pin and replaced the broken part.

Mixer suddenly ceased operation after sharp noise

  • Customer: Walter from Athens GA
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 2 of 4 people found this instruction helpful
To access the interior of the mixer, I first removed the single screw holding the cup-shaped part at the rear. Then I removed the 4 large screws on the under surface of the mixer head. Next I removed the bright metal ring around the planetary gear area by prying it off. I then pried the dish-shaped part off the shaft using a large-bladed screwdriver. This exposed 5 screws on the circumference of the planetary gear. By removing them, one can pull up the gears and see into the area below. I found the worm gear had fractured. By removing 3 screws at the base I extracted it for closer inspection, checking for any loose pieces. Beware of the jelly-like grease. The replacement part goes into position, and one then follows the steps in reverse.

Bowl spring broke in two pieces

  • Customer: Bernadette from Hackensack MN
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Removed the two screws that hold the bowl spring in place. Removed broken spring. Replaced broken spring with replacement spring. Tightened two screws that hold it in place.

Pinion gear failed, broken tooth mixer stalled and mixers wouldn't turn.

  • Customer: Michael from Palos Park IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Went to partselect, found model number, printed blow-up of mixer. Figured out disassenbly procedure. Drove out main pin removing mixer head from stand. Save pin. Drove out pin in mixer main shaft which allowed planetary head to be removed. Save pin.
Removed stainless steel bezel to expose screws for removal of bottom half of mixer body. Removed screws and carefully separated mixer halves using two screwdrivers as prybars. Care must be exercised to prevent chipping of paint on body.
Separated body. cleaned grease from gears to find actual problem. Removed broken geartooth and grease near broken part to make sure no small broken chips remained. Removed pinion shaft assembly, drove pin from gear releasing broken pinion/shaft. Save pin/
Cleaned grease from pinion shaft assembly using mineral spirits and a small brush to reveal how part could be disassembled. Ordered part immediately on-line. Part arrived 1 business day after it was ordered.
Reversed process for replacing pinion shaft. Applied fresh grease obtained from excess already in mixer, spun pinion shaft to make sure grease was properly distributed. Reinstalled pinion shaft assembly. CAREFULLY plugged in mixer and jogged motor to make sure all was free and that mixer worked. If you can repair this mixer, you should have enough sense to do this diagonistic. Keep fingers away from all moving parts, don't touch expposed electric wires. Plug in only after making sure switch is in off position. Jog using mixer switch. Make sure mechanism is free.
Complete re-assembly by following blow-up and reversing disassembly steps. It may be good to write down you disassemblly procedure if it is possible that you won't be reassembling within a day or two.

stripped nylon drive gear

  • Customer: James from Naperville IL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 1 of 2 people found this instruction helpful
Followed the repair instructions from the manual. ...

I did notice that the replacement part had an extension on it that allowed for the gear grease to be "pulled up" onto the drive gear ( the one that broke), while the unit is running. This feature was not on the original part, but was obviously an upgrade design which was added after my particular mixer was made. I think that the extension on the bracket will help prevent the new nylon gear from binding and stripping as we use the mixer from now on.

I'm glad that PartSelect had the more modern part on hand, and not just an "overstock" from the original, inferior design.

plastic outer casing on tightening screw had broken

  • Customer: Peggy from Escondido CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 1 of 2 people found this instruction helpful
This is the tightening screw that holds the attachments into the motor unit of the mixer. Found your web site and reordered 2 replacement pieces (in case one breaks!). Very EZ and user friendly. Thank you!

The worm gear was broken

  • Customer: DONG from Elk Grove CA
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 1 of 2 people found this instruction helpful
I removed the pin from the outside shaft,then removed all screw around the body of the mixer,then removed the top case out,took 3 screws out from the the gear assembly case......punched the pin out of worm gear then release the little shaft out from the case,replaced a new one....then starting go backward till completely all assembled don't forget lube grease to all gears and test run good very smooth.........it's ok

plastic worm gear was stripped would nut turn

  • Customer: anthony from harviell MO
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 2 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
replaced worm gear and wonderd why they used plastic instead of a stronger metal gear, unit works fine

Worm gear broken

  • Customer: Jennife from Lancaster PA
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
  • 2 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
I called my fiancée.

End seal broken and Cover tabs broken.

  • Customer: Bruce from Petersburg MI
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 1 of 2 people found this instruction helpful
Unplugged mixer. Removed screw holding cover on. Removed end seal. Inspected repair area for furhter damage. Installed new end seal and cover.
All Instructions for the K5SS
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