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Vibrates and beater hits bottom of bowl

I've tried to tighten screws with no results

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Try adjusting the height of the head by turning screw #36 counterclockwise a turn or so. This will raise the mixing head so the beaters no longer hit the bottom of the bowl. Refer to parts list:

http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/assets/pdfs/literature/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%208212010.pdf

If the pivot pin #18 is not centered and secured then center the pin and turn the mixer on its side to tighten screw #31 from underneath the mixer to secure the pivot pin.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010

  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt May 03, 2011

    Mine has the droopy head, I tried playing with the screws with no results. Sadly the link above seems to be dead.

  • Roderick Woods Nov 30, 2012

    The link worked. Mine is a KSM90, but the information and diagram allowed me to find the right screw anmd it did the trick.

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