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Potentially Dangerous
Injury may result if this procedure is not followed properly. Use caution and follow all warnings.
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Introduction

Replacing your faulty capacitor will bring power back to your motor, allowing the blades to spin. The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN has two capacitors, so these steps may be followed to remove each one. To remove and replace your capacitor, you will need to use a soldering iron. Check out this soldering guide for instructions.

Capacitors are potentially dangerous. Be sure to discharge each capacitor before conducting this repair, and follow all safety guidelines found here: Watch out for Large Capacitors.

Image 1/3: Remove the small pusher by rotating it clockwise and lifting up. Image 2/3: Remove the small pusher by rotating it clockwise and lifting up. Image 3/3: Remove the small pusher by rotating it clockwise and lifting up.
  • Unplug your food processor before starting any disassembly.

  • Remove the small pusher by rotating it clockwise and lifting up.

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Image 1/1: There may be a clicking sound from the safety feature being disengaged in this step.
  • Remove the large pusher by grabbing its sides and pulling up.

  • There may be a clicking sound from the safety feature being disengaged in this step.

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  • Remove the lid from the bowl by turning it clockwise and lifting.

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Image 1/1: Avoid contact with blades as they are extremely sharp.
  • Take out the blades by grabbing the plastic center piece and lifting up.

  • Avoid contact with blades as they are extremely sharp.

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Image 1/3: Grab the handle and push clockwise. Lift up the bowl to remove it. Image 2/3: Grab the handle and push clockwise. Lift up the bowl to remove it. Image 3/3: Grab the handle and push clockwise. Lift up the bowl to remove it.
  • Position the handle of the bowl so that it is on your left.

  • Grab the handle and push clockwise. Lift up the bowl to remove it.

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Image 1/2: Position the base so that the on and pulse buttons are facing you. Image 2/2: Place the base on top of the food processor's bowl to keep the base from wobbling while you work on it.
  • Turn the food processor's base upside down by lifting it up and turning it over.

  • Position the base so that the on and pulse buttons are facing you.

  • Place the base on top of the food processor's bowl to keep the base from wobbling while you work on it.

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  • Remove the two 13.0mm screws that hold down the casing with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

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Image 1/3: Remove the 13.0mm screw under each rubber foot with a Phillips #2 screwdriver. Image 2/3: Remove the 13.0mm screw under each rubber foot with a Phillips #2 screwdriver. Image 3/3: Remove the 13.0mm screw under each rubber foot with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.
  • Lift up the front left and the back right rubber feet by pulling back the rubber with your fingers.

  • Remove the 13.0mm screw under each rubber foot with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

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  • Lift off the back casing by raising it upward.

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Image 1/2: Locate the capacitor that you need to replace. The capacitor looks like a black cylindrical battery. Image 2/2: There are two capacitors in the device, but these steps refer to replacing the leftmost capacitor.
  • Orient the base of the processor so that the power cord is facing you.

  • Locate the capacitor that you need to replace. The capacitor looks like a black cylindrical battery.

  • There are two capacitors in the device, but these steps refer to replacing the leftmost capacitor.

  • Slide the plastic covering off of the white wire connection on the top of the capacitor by pulling gently.

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  • Lift the capacitor out of the plastic casing by pulling up.

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Image 1/1: Check out this [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Solder+and+Desolder+Connections/750|soldering guide] if you need help.
  • Remove the capacitor by desoldering the white and black wire from the capacitor with a soldering iron.

  • Check out this soldering guide if you need help.

  • For reassembly, the new capacitor's connections will have to be soldered together.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Very helpful. Doing this on an earlier model, the DLC-7 SuperPro. Confirmed my suspicion that the case screws were under the feet and offered a strategy for diagnosing the loss of power about which I was unaware.

David Winsemius - Reply

My model DL-8m had three visible screws and one hidden beneath the rubber foot. I had no idea how to open the base till I read your guide. Thanks!

Any ideas about a source for the replacement capacitor?

Christina Nordholm - Reply

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