How to Fix a KitchenAid Stand Mixer That Is Leaking Oil

When a KitchenAid stand mixer leaks oil, replacing the old grease in its gearbox with new grease is the way to solve the problem. In this video, Mark demonstrates exactly how to replace the grease in a KitchenAid mixer.

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Автор Veronica Lee ( назад)
Got the grease and did all the work, but now I will never know if it
worked... when putting it back together, my husband got some of the wires
kinked and when we plugged it in,,,, the popped and spit sparks and now it
does not work at all.... :-(

Автор Ryan Finchum ( назад)
How often would this need done if used regularly? 

Автор Pierre Baillargeon ( назад)
Thanks for the video, much appreciated.

Автор Angela Richmond (Smil3ygirl) ( назад)
Thank you! This was so easy thanks you your step-by-step procedure! Good as
new and no grease dripping in my food!!

Автор Van Haley ( назад)

Автор Cheryll Katten ( назад)
Great video, contains all necessary instructions to carry out a successful
repair. One suggestion is to include a comment about not forgetting to put
the washer in the planetary section back in place before reassembly.

Автор blushingdragonfly ( назад)
Thank you for the videos. Do you have one on how to remove the paddles? I
purchased at garage sale. It took long time to remove bowl, but I can't get
the paddle off. I have tried all the suggestions online but no success.
Would taking planetary off, help with my issue?

Автор Jill Parks ( назад)
This was perfect! I am 63 years old and had no problems with fixing my
KitchenAid. Thank you so much for posting this! You are a gem.

Автор Michael Crane (602 года назад)
Thank you very much, extremely helpful!! 

Автор Alan Wilkinson ( назад)
Thanks to your video I was able to repair my mixer with ease. Straight
forward instructions, no surprises and simple tools made for a quick fix.

Автор Melissa Cartwright ( назад)
I have an older model kitchenaid that needs the cord replaced, but does not
have the snap in wiring tabs like the newer models. The wiring runs under
the motor. How do I replace this? I have looked all over the internet, with
no luck. It is a Hobart K45 model mixer. 

Автор Rosita Esgard ( назад)
Thanks a lot. I have a Professional 450, so it was a little different to
take it apart, but I knew what I was looking for, so this video is great!!!

Автор Kelsey Ca ( назад)
thank you! this is so helpful!
excellent job

Автор Amanda (1149 лет назад)
Mine is leaking oil, but it's not coming out of the front as described in
the video, mine runs down the underside of the head and neck of the mixer.
Would you suggest the same repair? Thank you in advance.

Автор Dave B ( назад)
Hi Mark. Thanks for the video. Made for an easy fix. Just one
question/suggestion. With the unit open, wouldn't it be the ideal time to
(also) replace the gasket between the housings? Just a thought. Cheers.

Автор Angela Hester ( назад)
I cant get the pin out no matter what I do!!! Help please!!!!

Автор Swantown Inn Innkeepers ( назад)
This was fantastic. Helped us fix our mixer but for the life of us we cant
get the beauty/trim piece back on. It goes on and then falls back off. I
can feel grooves on the inside where the tabs on the machine were but it
doesnt seem to matter if we line those upnor not it just falls off. Any

Автор SpiritBear12 ( назад)
I have one of those mixers, bought it brand new at least 12 years ago. I do
not use it very often but it now sounds "dry" when I do use it, however, I
have never seen any oil or grease leaking out of it. I figure it's about
time I change the grease inside of it, it can't hurt on a machine that old.

Автор Stephen Garfield ( назад)
I just followed your easy instructions and it worked like I was a pro.
Thanks a bunch.

Автор Mike E ( назад)
Nice, thorough job. Someone suggested listing all the tools needed up
front - not a bad idea. I made a list while reviewing the video before
starting. It didn't take 20 minutes start to finish. Thank you.

Автор MOLRobocop ( назад)
Thanks for the DIY. Tuned up my mixer nicely.

Автор Terry Nelson (429 лет назад)
Great video, I was wondering what I was going to do because I recently
became aware that this was happening with our kitchenaide mixer and thought
I was going to have to take it to a repair shop to fix it. This video
makes it look "simple" and straight forward as to how to fix it and as soon
as I can find a supply of appropriate grease I will take on this project

Автор susan sobon ( назад)
tools needed: phillips head screwdriver, 2 regular screwdriver, punch set,
mallet of some sort, putty knife, container to dispose of grease, latex
type gloves (a must!!!) and paper towels!!!!!

Автор Rogzo ( назад)
Great Video manual! With zero knowledge of a Aitchen Aid I was able to
review my unit and change the grease after the machine stood in a corner
unused for about 2 years. Some models may differ slightly regarding the
wiring. I got an Artisan 90yrs edition - which has shorter cables on the
inside and you have to disconnect 2 cables before you can remove the top
half of the mixer. You thus might need a 2nd person to lend a hand, build
yourself some kind of stand to plyce the top half or completely separate
the foot from the body before starting disassembly.

Removing the grease is really a mess, you may need more than one size of
putty knife to reach all the crevices, and lots of paper towels to mop up
the separated oil (which was the reason for disassembly). I also took off
the small gearbox tower, so I could remove the grease more thoroughly.

My solution for the "retaining pin issue":

One frequently encountered problem (I read about this on several threads)
seems to be when the retaining pin of the planetary shaft will not budge
even after hammering it with the drift punch for a long time.

Here's a solution that worked for me: apply a few drops of penetrating oil
on both sides of the pin and at the center of the planetary shaft (where it
penetrates the cover). Let it sit for a while (to allow the oil to do its
job), maybe add some more and then pound the pin with just a few
deliberate, slow but forceful strikes to see if it will budge at all - if
it moves just for a hairs breadth and then no more - add some more
penetrating oil, let it sit... and repeat the process.

It does not matter from which side you remove the pin, it is symmetrical
and straight. This way the disassembly of the pin may take some time, but
this way you minimize the risk of damaging pin or coating by brute force
hammering away.

Автор tshowler11 ( назад)
I have a lift bowl style kitchenAid. My upper housing case only has 2
screws to remove. It appears to still be attached near the rear of the

Автор Stephen Fullerton ( назад)
Very handy info. Saved me lots of time hunting and figuring this out on my

Автор Kathleen Kalb ( назад)
Just did this to my 15 years old machine that had been leaking oil. It was
a messy job, but with rubber gloves and lots of paper towels, my machine is
working wonderfully again. Thank you!

Автор Midge Davis ( назад)
I have spent the last hour trying to remove the pin from the shaft out of
the planetary gear with no luck. I have even frozen it trying to reduce
the shrink fit. Any ideas?

Автор Dave Pearl ( назад)
Thanks that did help now I can fix mine

Автор buddenbo ( назад)
Thank you very much for this very clear and easy-to-understand tutorial. I
purchased a used mixer today and wanted to go through and totally refurbish
it. You made my job very easy. It's much appreciated! 

Автор Brian W ( назад)
Fantastic Video! Easy to follow. Q-tips are great for cleaning out
the hard to reach places. Thank you eReplacementParts.com!

Автор Angie Serritella ( назад)
Awesome video! Very helpful! Thank you:)

Автор Lisa Corbin ( назад)
Is the direction the same for the lift up mixer vs the tilt back?

Автор Michael Thomley (1321 год назад)
Check out this video on YouTube:

Автор Christopher Krueger (1259 лет назад)
Fantastic. My wife wanted to replace it or send it back to the factory.
My only suggestion would be to put on disposable gloves to remove the
grease and then thoroughly pack the grease into the gears with your
fingers. Thanks!

Автор Mark Webb ( назад)
Does this demonstration work for Model RRK150???

Автор Rebecca Oprish ( назад)
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! For less than $20, I have my mixer back!
And just in time for Christmas Eve cookie baking!

Автор TheMrGeisel ( назад)
Watched the video and have the mixer all apart. What kind of grease do I
use to replace the worn out stuff. Looked on your website but could not
find any. Thanks for your help.

Автор chris319 ( назад)
I greased my K5A and it started leaking oil about a year later. I figured
the grease was too new to have separated, so I replaced the rubber o-ring,
KitchenAid part #67500-55, as well as the pin people have trouble driving
out, part #9707223. Being a Hobart-era K5A it is at least 35 years old and
still purrs like a kitten. It is a worthwhile investment to get a 5/32" pin
punch to drive out the pin. It can be difficult to get out. I used some
Liquid Wrench and after a lot of banging it started to move and finally
came out.

Автор Henry Martinez ( назад)
great repair vid. followed your instructions and repaired my mixer that had
been out of commission for 2-3 years! saved a bunch of money and mixer is
back on line. not a huge deal but i agree that listing the tools required
in your text box or in the beginning of the vid would be...the icing on the
cake. (thaticannowmakethankstoyourvideo!)

Автор Scott Bond ( назад)
My brand new mixer was leaking black oil but it was coming out of the
attachment hole. I don't know if this was because we were chopping onions
and potatoes in the chopper attachment and maybe we were pushing down too
hard? But I hope this doesn't keep happening.

Автор Rhonda Rayburn ( назад)
Thanks, I was able to fix my mom's mixer in less than an hour and it had
not been used for at least 3 years because of the leaking grease. Rhonda

Автор Terry Webster ( назад)
Thanks for the simplicity of a good machine and the repair. Great tutorial.

Автор Fred Cardella ( назад)
Nice video very easy to follow!

Автор inger klekacz (ingernet) ( назад)
Thanks for this video! The only thing I would suggest is that you start the
video by listing the tools you'll need for the project. I found myself
scrambling for second screwdrivers, a punch, etc. And I ended up using a
corkscrew to fish the shaft out from the center of the planetary unit.

Off to make some cupcakes!

Автор Madridme3 ( назад)
Excellent, informative video without loud music or other foolishness!
Thank you.

Автор Cape Catboat ( назад)
Thank you so much for posting this video! I was heartbroken when I saw
that my Kitchenaid was leaking. 

Автор Gary Roberti ( назад)
Can't thank you enough for posting this how-to video. My mixer suffered
from both issues, not enough use and when I do use it, I use it until it
heats up a lot! Great job and very well done. 

Автор Denise Caspell ( назад)
I just noticed my 15 year old mixer doing this, leaking oil. Unfortunately
it hasn't been used much since last year we were moving at the holidays.
Although watch this horrible site of grease, I will not hesitate to do
this to ensure the longevity of my investment in this mixer!!!! Thanks for
sharing, knew there would be an answer to why it was leaking

Автор spinspinsugar369 ( назад)
Although you posted this in 2010, THANK YOU for making this video and
sharing it. My 18-yr old mixer just did this and now I know how to
disassemble the unit properly to do maintenance on the mixer without
costing a lot of money to do so.

Автор David Dulansey ( назад)
Thanks so much to you! Great video!!

Автор Gertrude Sever ( назад)
Thank you. I changed the grease put it back together and it works just

Автор Jokull Gislason (1152 года назад)
Very helpful, thank you for posting this.

Автор hcrawford ( назад)
Great video! The only hassle for me was on reassembly- realigning the
planetary to insert the pin was a bit more of a hassle than portrayed (I
used a thin nail to get it started), and I needed a rubber mallet to get
the beauty ring into place. Otherwise, top notch!

Автор Mary L ( назад)
Are you kidding me! With the price of this Kitchen Aid nothing should be
leaking ever!

Автор kazooless ( назад)
The pin in my mixer would not push out no matter how hard we tried. I
finally drilled it out. Is there a part I can get at the local hardware
store to replace it? I don't know the exact size and dimensions?

Автор Alan Lyle ( назад)
Wow really great video. Easy to understand and follow the step by step
instructions. Thanks again and God Bless.

Автор Red Door Realty ( назад)
my mixer is leaking a dark grease mostly from the post that the mixer
attachments attach to. It then will drip down the middle of the attachment
and into the food mix. I haven't really noticed the grease coming from the
beauty ring (maybe a little). I have still been using it but now I watch it
closer and wipe off any drips before it gets into the food. Now I am seeing
that it almost looks and sounds like it is skipping or slipping gears when
mixing? And is little wobbly. Please help

Автор Edy Schmeady ( назад)
Great video. Thank you so much for posting it.
I replaced the grease as instructed but it is leaking again already but in
small amounts.
I did not see any evidence of broken gaskets or other parts when I replaced
the grease. My mixer is an Epicurean stand mixer and the grease is showing
up where the mixer attaches to the base.

Автор John Riley ( назад)
Extremely helpful! I was just given a Kitchen Aid from someone who hadn't
used it in quite a while. I tested it and found the grease leaking just as
described here. You did an excellent job of walking us through the repair.
Thank you.

Автор Neil Saunders (1820 лет назад)
\having replaced the grease, when on a low-lower speed, there is a whining
sound. What could be causing it? 

Автор Larry and Kay Henney ( назад)
Awesome video! I am a 50+ woman and was able to be successful in fixing my
mixer. Every step was spot on and easy to follow. I actually needed 1/2
pint of grease, which is 2 quarter pints, product code 4176597-QP (QP =
quarter pint). Thank you for sharing this process!

Автор Sharon Cocanougher ( назад)
great video. I changed the grease and now it wont come on at all. ???

Автор w bechdel ( назад)
thanks so much I was able to replace the grease but i cannot get the beauty
ring to stay on any suggestions

Автор Paul Hora ( назад)
Thank you so much for the excellent video! Just found out that I need to
replace the grease and this is so helpful. 

Автор Mike Scone ( назад)
Great video and very helpful!! My mixer was making a grinding sound. also
the two black knobs on the speed control and lock switches broke off. So I
needed to find how to make it sound better and get to both knobs. So I put
new greese in the mixer and the new knobs in it and it sounds and looks
like new. Thank you!!!

Автор LeRoy Kottke ( назад)
Great video! Thanks a lot Mark.

Автор Da Br ( назад)
OK, I replaced the old grease with new white, food grade grease. That will
probably fix the leaking problem BUT it still vibrates intermittently, is
still loud, and now when I stop the motor, it squeaks to a stop faintly
resembling the skidding wheels of a train (only quieter). So that's new.
What could I have done to cause that?
I did open the screw with the bushings but somehow I doubt that caused the
problem. Any guesses?

Автор Carl Sellers ( назад)
That was probably one of the best videos on a repair that I have seen! Good

Автор Alan W ( назад)
thanks for the great video! I couldn't have even started without your
knowledge..one thing that I did also was to lay the unit upside down for a
1/2 hour or so and let the old oil that sits in the bottom grooves drain
out.that way the grooves are empty and can catch future separation..thanks
again for the great video

Автор Ela Maier ( назад)
Mark, you make the grease replacing seem so easy ( I almost jumped on my
stand mixer to do it myself, but I will leave it to my husband ) EXCELLENT

Автор TheSweetLadyBug SweetShop ( назад)
How can I recognize the problem? thks.

Автор Drake Dorosh ( назад)
+Jen Woodring
My wife wanted me to fix her mixer around halloween. These tasks often get
away from me. Saw your question about a bowl lift type. You may have
already watched this one. Your gear box has an internal cover not the whole
top like this one. I couldn't make out if the "beauty ring comes off" in
the following video to fix the lifting crank on your model. Still this one
will give you more insight.

How to Replace the Bowl Lift Arm on a KitchenAid Pro 6 Mixer

Replies are suspended for your one month old comment but I felt like making
a comment anyway.

I ended up getting a smaller container of food grade grease and not the
kitchen aid kind.

Автор Da Br ( назад)
actually it may have been leaking down the front

Автор Da Br ( назад)
I just bought one of these at a gararge sale. Plugged it in and the motor
sounds like its grinding a little. And there were signs of oil leaking
down the back. Would replacing the grease like you did in this video help
with this?

Автор Jim Ranes ( назад)
Thanks Mark for your exemplary demonstration on how to replace the grease
when the light oil separates from the grease in the gears! Well done!

Автор Lisna Utama ( назад)
Why my kitchen aid mixer hinge is so hard to push in? Please help. Thanks

Автор nancy rhodes ( назад)
Got most of it it apart... re-watching re the Planetary gear part.. Great
video inspired me to try and fix my own (broke the carbon brush... repair
place said to take the head off... so this video is my guide)

Автор Marya DeBlasi (129 лет назад)
Hi mark, et al.
My mixer is leaking from the planetary gear.
Do you suppose I should follow the same procedure, or could the problem be
something else.

Автор Stephen Garfield ( назад)
You made this seem easy Thanks.

Автор Lynn Metcalf ( назад)
Thank you. Very well done!

Автор Jen Woodring ( назад)
Is the fix the same for non-tilt head mixers? ( I haven't had time to see
the whole video yet, so please forgive me if you did mention it)

Thanks so much for posting this- I live in the desert and my grease breaks
down from being stored in a hot kitchen climate with not enough

Автор Michael Herrera ( назад)
You saved me a bunch, I'll tell you that! Following your video made this
chore soooooo easy...Hard to believe. Thanks a million.

Hi great vid,i have a grundig one,is pretty same as the artisan,it just
stop working,what i should look into? Used to make a noise of the motor but
it doesn't anymore or where i can find someone capable to repairing my
mixer in the uk?THANX.

Автор Tiffany Dugan ( назад)
Where did you get that big bucket of grease?

Автор D.R. Gradybooks ( назад)
Thank you! Mine is leaking and now I know why!

Автор Amy Torre ( назад)
I have an older KitchenAid stand mixer. It does not tilt back, and the
screws are in slightly different spots. I can't remove the top to get to
the motor. Does anyone have a video of taking apart this older model K5SS
KitchenAid stand mixer. I want to change the greece and give it new life!!

Автор Matthew Hillyard ( назад)
Hi I've just made a 1.5ltr pan if curry and a little grease dripped in
(quater of teaspoon) I tried to scoop this out with a spoon, would this
still be safe to eat? Thanks

Автор Eduardo Ramírez ( назад)
GRACIAS , Eduardo Ramirez, de México.

Автор snackinallday ( назад)
Great tutorial - thank you!

Автор Kevin Coburn ( назад)
Worked like a charm. Thanks for the cheap fix!

Автор Mike King ( назад)
Thanks for this. My mixer is nearly 50 years old and a treasured member of
the family. Minor differences but mostly the same. After re-greasing I put
15# of pork shoulder through the grinder attachment and worked great.
Before was heating up ... hot to the touch. This time a little warm but
nothing to speak of. I did need to get some grease ASAP so am trying ultra
4X white lithium in a tube. Hopefully I won't need to redo soon. A guy at
Lowe's said he used to fix mixers and says it works. Quality of video
and explanations are first rate and appreciated. 

Автор antoniodoss ( назад)
Hi I have a question, mine is leaking a little bit of oil form the middle
front and back. How much leaking must be in order to change the grease?.
The mixer has 2+ year with a medium usage. There is other symptom?. Thx a

Автор Keshav Ambuga ( назад)
Hey, The tilt head on my KitchenAid Artisan is really tight. And I see the
metal rubbing on one side every time I lift the head up. Could you please
help out! Thanks

Автор Laura Doubek-Kraft ( назад)
I have a 30-year-old Hobart Kitchen Aid mixer that has been well used and
never leaks oil, but I found this very helpful for taking it apart and
greasing it. Which is something that has not been done in 30 years. Thanks
for sharing!

Автор Portamer Marketing ( назад)
Is there a way to repair the power lever? When I turn on the stand mixer,
on the low speed, it mixes very fast. Please help. I have flour everywhere.

Автор Gilles Morin ( назад)
Many thanks Mark,
Your instructions are excellent and so easy to follow. You saved me time
and money. 

Автор Mike Sullivan ( назад)
This video was really helpful, a perfect guide for grease replacement!

HowTo fix a latch which doesn't catch:
My latch wasn't catching, so the mixer would pop up even after trying to
lock it. Put the lid in the up position, you'll see a set screw on the lid
where it hinges to the base. Screw that in some more, put the lid down and
re-test the lock. If it still won't catch, tighten a bit more and re-test.

Автор jim noyb ( назад)
I wish every self help video was this good, But even more, I would like you
working at the appliance shop down the block. You are a real pro.

Автор Justin Brown ( назад)
the retaining pin is stuck on mine...

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