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Introduction

After having read this article and coming across the authors mention of having checked ifixit.com "was the first place I checked for the Magic Bullet instructions. Unfortunately, they don’t have that one yet. Maybe I’ll create it!" I thought may be we could beat David Lang to the punch:-) I finally got my hands on a non-functioning "Magic Bullet" and thought I start off with a teardown, so here it is.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Magic Bullet, use our service manual.

Image 1/3: First remove the short bullet cup, with a quick twist and lift, from the power base.
  • Okay so here is the complete Magic Bullet advertised as "high-speed mixing system chops, whips, blends, and more" This particular one had issues with the motor.

  • First remove the short bullet cup, with a quick twist and lift, from the power base.

  • Here is the blade gear that drives the blades inside the bullet cup when the cup is mated with the base. We shall deal with the "do no remove" issue later.

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Image 1/3: Remove the quality control sticker
  • To remove the blade gear, turn the power base so that the bottom part faces up.

  • Remove the quality control sticker

  • The sticker covers a rectangular opening. Within this opening is a slot for a flat tip screwdriver. It is possible that it is somewhat off center like in this picture.

    • This is caused by the motor not being properly centered within the base. This appears to be common (the motor does not have any bottom support within the base)

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Image 1/3: Next a pair of either combination or slip joint pliers are needed to hold the gear,
  • This can be resolved by inserting a screw driver and gently forcing the slot into sight.

  • Next a pair of either combination or slip joint pliers are needed to hold the gear,

  • To remove the blade gear, turn the Magic Bullet on its side and use a flat tip screw driver on the bottom end, and the pliers on the base gear. Turn the blade gear in clock wise direction to remove it off the shaft.

    • The blade gear has a left-hand thread, which is opposite to the normal screw thread. So it will loosen when you turn clock-wise.

  • You may find it easier to remove the blade gear after the motor assembly has been removed from the body in Step 8.

  • If the blade gear refuses to budge, give it several sharp taps with a small ball end hammer directed at the center of the boss.

  • Note that the blade gear needs to be removed only if it is to be changed.

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Image 1/3: Underneath each one of the rubber feet is a screw that can be removed with either a Phillips or flat head screw driver.
  • With the blade gear removed, it is time to focus on the power base. Use a small screwdriver or similar to remove the four rubber feet from the base. No glue is used, they are simply pressed in the openings

  • Underneath each one of the rubber feet is a screw that can be removed with either a Phillips or flat head screw driver.

  • Here are the four screws and the rubber feet once they are removed. The screws are 1/8X1/2 self tapping.

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Image 1/3: Remove the cable guide by removing the two Phillips head screws
  • Once the rubber feet and screws are removed, the bottom plate comes off.

  • Remove the cable guide by removing the two Phillips head screws

  • Here is the cable guide and the two 1/8 x3/8 screws

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Image 1/3: The screws can be removed with either a Phillips head or a flat tip screw driver
  • Remove the three Phillips head screws that fasten the body to the base.

  • The screws can be removed with either a Phillips head or a flat tip screw driver

  • Here are the three 1/8 x3/8 self tapping screws

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Image 1/3: For this teardown, the fan blade on the motor shaft was removed. Remove the snap ring by inserting the corner of a flat tip screw driver.
  • With the screws removed, lift the base of the body. Remove the wire mount out of the base and guide the electrical wire through the base.

  • For this teardown, the fan blade on the motor shaft was removed. Remove the snap ring by inserting the corner of a flat tip screw driver.

  • Simply twist the screw driver so that the snap ring will come away from the shaft.

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Image 1/3: It may be necessary to do this on opposite sides a few times since the fan blade is a pressfit on the shaft.
  • To remove the fan blade, use a screwdriver and place it between the body of the Magic Bullet and the fan blade. Then pull up on the screw driver.

  • It may be necessary to do this on opposite sides a few times since the fan blade is a pressfit on the shaft.

  • Turn the body of the mixer over and remove the three rubber spacers

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Image 1/3: Here are the three 1/8 x3/8 Phillips head screws
  • Remove the three screws below the spacer

  • Here are the three 1/8 x3/8 Phillips head screws

  • With the screws removed, turn the mixer bottom side up. this will free the electric motor out of the body.

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Image 1/3: There are two single-pole, Subminiature Micro Switches Marking on those is: Donghai KW4-3Z-3 5A 250VAC
  • Here is the motor removed from the base. The motor plate list it as D.S.D. Motor Co. LTD Model 5443/125 M12

    • There are two single-pole, Subminiature Micro Switches Marking on those is: Donghai KW4-3Z-3 5A 250VAC

    • There is a thermal fuse wrapped to one of the switches leads.

  • Remove the metal tie strap as well as the rubber sleeve to get to the fuse.

  • Here is the thermal fuse. It is a Avertronics 17AMC 105deg Thermal protector.

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Image 1/3: There are three white plastic posts inside, which slide down when the jar is attached. There is a spring at the bottom of each post to push it back up when the jar is removed.
  • This is the empty body of the Magic Bullet with the motor removed.

    • There are three white plastic posts inside, which slide down when the jar is attached. There is a spring at the bottom of each post to push it back up when the jar is removed.

    • The posts have tabs on the bottom, one of which engages with the micro-switch on the motor.

    • The posts can get jammed if some liquid spills inside the body, since it is impossible to clean the sliding area of the posts.

  • To remove the posts, the black plastic strip on the top edge of the body has to be removed.

    • Since the black strip is glued on to the body, the easiest way to get it free is to dip it in boiling water.

    • Wait for a few minutes and then pry it off. Keep pulling up hard all round the edge and it will come off with a bit of force.

  • Here is the body with the black strip and the three white posts. The springs at the end of the posts in my Bullet were all rusted off.

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Image 1/1:
  • Here is the dissected Magic Bullet. Not a whole lot of parts and fairly simple to get to. The gear is not shown since it did not survive its removal. A royal PITA to remove.

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13 Comments

Nice teardown.I recently received one of those as a gift from the US. However I live in spain and when I used an electric adaptor, the base smoked. I have looked to buy a 220v 50hz base good for Europe but they only have the 110v 60Hz for US. Is it possible to rewire what I have to work in Europe?

Joy Mwihia - Reply

Now how can I put them together????? Help???????

peonyfairy - Reply

I would also like to know how to put it back together!!!!!

Krista -

step 3 - I cannot get the blade gear off - it will not budge - any suggestions?

kris - Reply

Turn the blade gear clockwise

Aubree Duran -

You don't have to take the gear that connects to the blender off for most repair jobs. You just need to take the screws off that are hidden under the silicon as in Step 9 and the whole motor slides off. I learned this the same way you did by mangling the gear and although I was able to repair the motor, the blender could no longer be used. Great teardown instructional though and the pictures are very clear. Thanks.

Brod Chato - Reply

the blade gear dose not work, I used it just twice. what can i do? I turned it off. it was cool. but didn't work after turn on.

arez - Reply

On my Magic Bullet the plate that says "Do Not Remove" came loose. There are 4 phillips head screws under a self adhesive label that hold it to the motor housing. For some reason they were not tight or loosened during use. The plate then made contact with the spinning blade gear with the resulting heat causing the two pieces to seize. This prevented the motor shaft and blade gear from turning. I fully disassembled my unit per these instructions. Using a channel lock pliers on the blade gear and holding the plate with my hand I was able to release the bond between the two pieces. I then removed the blade gear and tightened the 4 screws. Lo and behold the motor shaft turns. I removed some of the upset burnished plastic for both the plate and blade gear. Then reassembled the entire unit. The 4 screws are not visible from the top, because the blade gear covers them. Let's see how long it works now. BTW: I ordered a new base from Magic Bullet for $15.98 delivered and this beats a whole new unit.

John Ploof - Reply

My old gear cracked and the gold screw seems stuck. I've tried the clockwise method with the flathead and pliers but it just won't come off so I can put the new gear on. It seems like it's melted on. Any suggestions or should I take to a mechanic to get a new one?

Expose Truth - Reply

Mine is a little different but I just fixed the sticking switch. Thank you very much. Now I only need to keep my chocolate whey protein smoothie from spewing all over inside it when the gasket isn't sealed.

Top Cat - Reply

i fixed the blades part now the motor wont work .is there anywhere i could take it to fix

ezbettyboo46 - Reply

please give me a suggestion

ezbettyboo46 - Reply

Can i use the motor and make a homemade Centrifugal Pump ??

Jen Marie - Reply

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