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Drive Coupling

PartSelect Number PS401661

This drive coupling has reverse threads. You must turn it clockwise to unscrew from motor shaft. This part is used on Blenders.

This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Touchpad does not respond.
  • Door won’t open or close.
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Level of DifficultyReally Easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

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CustomerSTEPHEN from PITTSBORO, IN

Coupling teeth gone.

First I inserted a small diameter rod in the motor fins to keep the motor from turning. Then I simply loosened the coupling. (Please know this is a left-hand thread). The coupling was not that tight. New coupling only requires a snug hand -tightening. You are are good to go!

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Level of DifficultyReally Easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

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CustomerRichard from Naperville, IL

1/2 of the teeth broke off of the blender drive coupling

My first step in repairing the broken KitchenAid blender, was to politely inform my wife HOW & WHY the blender broke in the first place. She thanked me for that, so she would know for the future. (whew...)
Replacing the drive tooth wheel was a cinch. We who are reading this are all fortunate to have others, before us, fill us in on the details. I'm glad I read previous testimonials instead of banking on KitchenAid's instructions. Although the motor shaft is a left-hand threaded mount, the mfg's instructions said to remove the defective coupler by prying the wheel off in various positions with a 1/2" screwdriver!! Reading previous repair stories here, proved to be more reliable.
It took more time for me to find a tool to aid in the removal of the old part, than it was to replace the part itself. I needed to find something that was thin enough to fit around the motor shaft and hold it from turning while I unscrewed the defective coupler in a "clockwise" direction. I eventually found a small, old pair of adjustable wire strippers. I was able to wiggle them in and barely grab the motor shaft. I turned the coupling clockwise and it came right off. No problem at all. Turns out that all that was probably needed was to insert a small punch between the motor fan blades through the bottom of the unit just to keep the motor from turning. The new fitting doesn't have to be on any more than hand tight, as the blender runs in a clockwise rotation, and will keep the fitting snug all the time.
Good luck, home mechanics.

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  • Drive Coupling

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsWrench set

CustomerDavid from Orange, CA

All the dogs had broken off the coupler.

Inserted a very thin (approx. 3/32") open-end wrench into the gap between the old coupler and the base of the blender to engage two flats on the drive shaft and hold the shaft from rotating. Grasped old coupler with adjustable pliers and turned clockwise to loosen and unscrew. Threaded the replacement part back onto the drive shaft and patted myself on the back for a job well done.

Other people's repair stories were extremely valuable -- alerting me to the fact that the coupler has a left-hand thread and that the shaft has flats ground on it to engage a very thin open-end wrench. The only advice I can add to others' stories is that you can use a bench grinder to slim down a wrench which is too thick to fit into the gap between the coupler and the base housing. I already owned a set of so-called "ignition" wrenches, and all the sizes up to "1/4" were thin enough to fit into the gap. But the 9/32" wrench (which was what I needed) was just a a little bit too fat. Grinding down the head to fit into the gap was the most-time consuming part of the repair.

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Level of DifficultyReally Easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

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CustomerTony from Denver, CO

Broken coupling on blender

I slid a cheap, stamped-steel 7.5 mm bicycle wrench under the coupling - into the grooves on the shaft - and held the shaff so that the coupling could simply be unscrewed. (backwards thread) Took less than 60 seconds to make the entire repair. No prying, no problems.

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Level of DifficultyReally Easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerLynda from Boise, ID

Drive coupling on blender shattered

The drive coupling on my Kitchen Aid Blender shattered into dozens of pieces. Found this website and realized I could buy a new one. Could not remove coupling base with "official" instructions. However, user comments on how they removed coupling base very helpfull. Put thin blade screw driver thru hole on bottom of blender base, held the blade from turning and twisted the coupling base off. Very easy and quick. New one when on just as easily.

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