How to Remove the Top Cover of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

There are a few common repair issues with KitchenAid stand mixers, but many aftermarket parts exist to solve most of these issues without the need for an appliance repairperson.

Working KitchenAid stand mixer in the upright position.Working KitchenAid stand mixer in the upright position.
In order to use the parts though, you'll have to remove the top cover of the mixer to access the machinery inside. There are a number of screws needing removal to gain access, but the process is a quick one. Removal time takes under an hour, and all you'll need to complete the process is a few tools commonly found in most homeowner's toolboxes.

Remove the Phillips-head screw holding the rear housing cover of the mixer in place. Pull off the rear housing cover and then pull the power cord free from the notch in the bottom rear of the mixer housing.

Use a flat head screwdriver to pry the metal drip ring from the bottom of the mixer gearbox where you insert the mixer heads. Slip the screwdriver head between the top of the ring and the mixer housing and apply downward pressure on the ring to set it moving. Work around the circumference of the ring to pry it off entirely.

Push the shaft pin from the mixer base beneath the mixer housing using a pin punch and a hammer. The shaft pin is located on the front of the small ledge at the base of the mixer housing, to the right of the mixer attachment holder. To access the pin tilt the housing upwards. Place the pin punch at the head of the pin and then tap it with the hammer to push the pin through and out.

Remove the mixer base by placing the flat head screwdriver into the seam between the base and the mixer housing. Apply downward pressure to pry the base from the rest of the mixer housing, exposing five screws holding the housing in place.

Use the flat head screwdriver to remove the five screws that were under the mixer base, and the four screws in the rear of the housing that secure the housing to the stand. Keep the washer surrounding one of the rear screws on the screw and write down which screw hole it was in, as it must go into the same hole when replacing the cover.

Pull the top cover directly upwards to remove from the lower motor housing. With the cover removed, you can access the motor of the mixer.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Pin punch
  • Hammer

Warning

  • Remove the power cord from the electrical outlet before beginning disassembly.

About the Author

Larry Simmons is a freelance writer and expert in the fusion of computer technology and business. He has a B.S. in economics, an M.S. in information systems, an M.S. in communications technology, as well as significant work towards an M.B.A. in finance. He's published several hundred articles with Demand Studios.