A blender is an essential appliance that we use in our daily life. A blender can make many things, from morning milk and banana shakes to night’s special delicious drinks. But sometimes, the blender can stick to its base, and you cannot remove the jar.
The most common reasons for a blender sticking to the base are a damaged bearing, a worn-out or leaked seal on the bearing, a corroded drive shaft, or a broken coupler. To fix the issue, you must inspect each of these parts individually to find the exact problem and replace the faulty part.
In this article, I will share all the possible reasons why your blender might be stuck to the base and explain how to fix them. So, keep reading.
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6 reasons why your blender is stuck to the base
These are some common reasons why your blender is stuck to the base.
1. Leakage in the bearing seals
The bearing seal is located on the bearing of a blade assembly.
It prevents the blender jar from leaking.
But if you have been using this blender for a long time, then chances are that the seal of the bearing can damage or leak.
It can cause the blender to stick to the base.
2. Corroded bearing
A bearing is a ball-shaped metal ring that locates under the blade.
The bearing helps to rotate the blade of the blender.
If the bearing is damaged or worn out from long uses, then it can cause the blender to stick to the base.
If the blender’s seal leaks, the bearing can become wet and corroded.
In all cases, it can cause the blender to stick to the base.
3. Corroded blade shaft
The shaft is a small metal rod adjusted with the blade head.
It helps to rotate the blade.
But if the blender’s seal is leaked, it can corrode the shaft.
You can find rust on the blade shaft.
It can prevent the blade from rotating and also be the reason why the blender is stuck to the base.
4. Broken plastic gear
You can find two plastic gears in a blender.
One is located at the bottom of the blender jar, and another is on the base of a blender.
The base gear spins along with the base motor of the blender.
When you put the jar on the base, the base gear attaches to the jar gear and helps the blade to move when the motor is spinning.
If one of the gears is broken, the blender gets stuck to the base and won’t work properly.
5. Corroded plastic gear
If the plastic gear is corroded and you find rust, the gear gets jammed.
You can find rust if you wet your blender jar and dry it with a dry cloth.
That can be the reason why it is stuck to the base.
6. Jammed blade
There are two reasons why your blender blade is jammed.
The first reason is that debris and food particles clog the space between the blade and the base.
Another reason the blade has rust.
How to fix the blender that is stuck to the base?
Here are the reasons why the blender is stuck to the base:
1. Replace the leaked bearing seal
To replace the bearing seal, you need to follow the below steps:
- First, unplug the blender’s cord from your house’s power source.
- Now remove the jar assembly from the blender.
- Now unscrew the base from the jar. You can use a plier or simply use your hand. Rotate the base anti-clockwise.
- Once the base is removed, the whole blade assembly and seal come off from the jar next.
- Now you need to remove the seal from the blade assembly to inspect the seal and replace it. If the seal is worn out or damaged, you need to replace it.
- Grab the new seal and install it on the place. The seal goes over the top of the blade assembly. So, it seals between the blade assembly and the jar.
- Now install the assembly into place and screw it back onto the jar. Make sure you line up the thread and don’t over-tighten it, or you will crack the base.
Once all are done, place the jar onto the blender base. Now the repair is complete.
2. Fix the corrosion of the bearing
If the jar is stuck to the base, it can be due to a corroded bearing.
You need to remove the corrosion from the bearing.
- First, unplug the blender and remove the jar from the blender base.
- Put the blender jar upside down.
- Take a little coconut oil or any cooking oil and pour it through the coupler into the bearing. Keep it sometimes in this position.
- After some time, turn the rubber or plastic motor coupler around using your hand or piler.
- If the coupler is loosening up and the blade is moving freely, you can unstick the jar from the base.
3. Replace the bearing
If the bearing is faulty, you will need to replace the bearing to get the blender unstuck from the base.
- Unplug the blender’s power cord from your house’s power source.
- Now, remove the blender’s jar from the blender’s base.
- Now turn the jar over, and you can find the giant retaining nut in the bottom. You need to remove it.
- Take a pair of pliers and adjust them onto the nut. Now turn it around to loosen up the nut, or you can use your hand if it is tight enough. Now remove it.
- Once the nut is removed, you can find the bottom of the blade assembly.
- Tap the bottom of the blade assembly lightly with the help of a hammer. And remove the blade assembly from the jar.
- Now grab the blade assembly, and remove the blade from it.
- To remove the blade, you need to grab the bottom of the blade assembly tightly and take an adjustable wrench to remove the nut from the upper side of the blade.
- Once the nut is removed, remove the blade from the assembly, you can also find small washers and remove them.
- Now you can get access to the bearing. The bearing is round shaped o-ring made of steel. You need to remove the bearing first to replace the bearing. You can find one or two bearings according to your blender model.
- Once the bearing is removed, replace it with a new bearing.
- Now put the blade in its place and install the nut into it.
- Install the blade assembly into the jar and tighten up the giant nut in its palace.
- Once all parts are installed, you are done with the replacement process.
4. Replace the plastic gear
To replace the broken plastic gear, follow the process step by step.
- Unplug the blender and remove it from the base.
- Now, if you turn over the blender jar, you can find the plastic gear on the giant nut at the bottom of the jar.
- First, remove the base and the blade of the jar.
- Now loosen up the gear by turning it counterclockwise through a plier.
- Once the gear is removed, replace it with a new one.
- Put the new blender in its place and tighten it up.
- Now install the whole assembly into the jar.
- Tighten up the base.
- You can find one gear in many blenders on the base section where the motor is located. If this gear is also broken, then you should also replace it.
- Take a plier and grab the gear and turn it around.
- Once the gear is loosened up, pull it out.
- Put a new gear into place and tighten it up.
Once it is done, the blender repair is completed now.
5. Clean the corroded blade shaft
To clean the corroded blade shaft, follow the below steps:
- First, unplug the blender and remove it from the blender base.
- Now grab the blender and open its lid.
- Go inside the blender and try to move the blade. If the blade is not moving, you need to remove it from the base and check whether the shaft and the socket are corroded.
- To do that, first, you need to put the jar upside down.
- Take a plier or use your hand to loosen up the plastic gear or coupler.
- Once the coupler is loosened up, remove it, and the blade assembly is automatically removed. In some blenders, the blade assembly attaches to the base. So, in this case, first, you need to remove the base by turning it around, then remove the seal. Once the seal is removed, you must remove the blade by pulling it out.
- Once the gear is removed, the metal bearing automatically removes the next. And once you get the blade. You can find a metal shaft attached to it. You find rust on the shaft.
- To remove or clean the shaft, take coconut oil or cooking oil and pour it on a clean towel or cloth. Now clean the shaft by grabbing it into the cloths and rotating it.
- Once the shaft is cleaned, look into the socket of the blade shaft. You need to clean it also.
- First, take the same clothes or towel, take a stick with clothes on its head, or take a brush and clean inside the hole by pouring oil inside and rotating it.
- Once the hole is cleaned, push the blade into its place. Now install the seal and bearing on it.
- Now install the coupler tightly.
- Once all parts are installed, try to move the blade to see if it is moving.
6. Clean the whole jar assembly
Sometimes debris, dirt, or food particles get stuck into the jar assembly.
To clean the jar assembly, you need to follow the below steps.
- First, pour warm water inside the jar.
- Now, take a stick or knife or anything like it and clean the corner or spaces inside the jar.
- Keep it for 5-10 minutes in the same situation.
- After 10 minutes, throw the water away and rinse the jar with normal clean water.
Now the cleaning is complete.
Check if the blender can come out of the base.
Hope you understand all the reasons why your blender is stuck to the bottom. You must follow the article and fix the blender according to the specific issue.
To avoid the problem, you should clean your blender daily or once a week after using it. You can clean the blender by disassembling all the parts.
Once you have tried to fix the blender yourself, call a professional if you cannot resolve the problem. And after all of this, still, the issue isn’t resolved, so you should buy a new blender jar.
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Reference: Ninja BN400 Series Official Guide, Ninja Official All Blender Guide.