How to Replace Stand Mixer Motor Brushes



This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the carbon motor brushes in a stand mixer. The motor brushes transfer electrical current to the motor armature to start and run the motor. If the motor sparks when running, the motor brushes are likely worn and need replacement. Replace the motor brushes with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace carbon motor brushes in KitchenAid and Whirlpool stand mixers.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Carbon motor brushes

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Work gloves
  • Slot screwdriver

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replace the Carbon Motor Brushes in a Stand Mixer

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

Unplug the power cord.

Step 2: Remove the carbon motor brushes

Using a slot screwdriver, unscrew the motor brush cap and pull the cap and the carbon brush out.


Repeat the process on the opposite side.

 Tip: The carbon brush caps are on spring-loaded. Hold onto the brush caps when removing them so they don't fly off.

Step 3: Install the carbon motor brushes

Looking from the back of the mixer, position the right side carbon brush with the flattened corner facing the upper left corner of the brush holder.


Insert the right side brush into the brush holder.


Reinstall the brush cap.


Position the left side brush with the flattened corner facing the lower right corner of the brush holder.


Insert the left side brush into the brush holder.


Reinstall the brush cap.

Step 4: Restore power

Reconnect the power cord.