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I have the kitchen aide pasta roller that attaches to the front of my mixer. I get black specks coming out from around the drive shaft. Also some specks are getting into the dough. Has anyone ever had this problem? I'm about to take it apart but I thought I would check this board for advise before doing so. There isn't any parts list that come with the attachment so I'm afraid if I do find something broken I might have to buy a whole new one.

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  1. Is it new? I seem to remember it taking more than one batch of dough to "clean" mine out when I first got it.

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    1. re: Brunhilde

      Same. I actually sent some damp paper towels through it on the "0" [or is a "1"?] setting to clean it out. However, Kitchenaid swears that all the lubricants used on the machine are food-safe, so it is safe to eat.

    2. If it is new, then the black spots are to be expected. In fact, I read somewhere that the first batch of dough will "clean" the parts and "should" be thrown out. This happened to me the first time I used my roller set and I haven't seen any spots since.

      1. No it's not new, it's about 7 years old and I use it about 10 - 20 times a year. Today was the first time I got a lot of black stuff from around the shaft end that goes into the mixer's head. Before, I would get some little black specks in the dough. I didn't mention it but now it’s starting to screech a little on and off. I'm thinking it’s an impregnated bearing of some sort. Can I buy individual parts for it is the question. Like I said, the literature that came with it doesn’t show any. Looks like its time to do some web searching. – Thanks

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        1. re: TimCarroll

          Lots of annoying flash, but this has links to all their repair options. Good luck!

          http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/...

        2. Now, I don't know nothin' bout' no impregnated bearings (said in the voice of Butterfly Mc Queen...) but, have you lubricated your rollers lately? A provocative query, I know, but KA recommends it after every 50 batches of dough or once a year. You put a drop of foodsafe oil at each of the 4 points of the rollers. Or is your black stuff actually coming out of the attachment hub? Congrats on having ANY attachment (or appliance lately, for that matter) for 7 years!! BTW, I've had mine for over a year and way-y-y more than 50 batches of pasta; what IS a good food-safe lubricant/ oil? Resist the temptation to give crude responses...(winking!) adam

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          1. re: adamshoe

            Mineral oil is probably the best but I think it's too late. FYI - impregnated bearing is a porous metal bearing that has lubricant contained inside the pores. Thanks