Does your Panasonic Bread Maker have a weak mixing action, i.e. you can hear the motor power up but the paddle get’s stuck, or are your loaves turning out really flat?

You can test by putting the machine into pizza or dough mode, pressing start and seeing if you can easily hold the paddle when it turns?

You possibly need a new belt or more likely a new motor run capacitor.

I have an SD255 which was really struggling to mix the dough. After some troubleshooting, I worked out it was the motor run capacitor that was faulty.

Original Capacitor

Model: SSE SMPA, 3 microFarad +-5% 450VAC 50/60Hz 40/85/21 EN60252-1

Dimensions: 45 x 31.5 x 20.2mm / distance between the pins is roughly 38mm

Looks like this is made by Shiny Space Enterprise, hence the SSE. It is a Metallized Polypropylene Film Capacitor

Safety AgencyTUV
Rated Voltage420 / 450VAC
Capacitance3mF
Capacitance Tolerance±5%
Temperature Range-40 ~ +85?
Rated Working Frequency Range50 ~ 60Hz
Dissipation Factor (DF)? 1% Max. Measured at 1kHz 20?
Between Terminals (T-T)Rated voltage x 175% VAC 10sec
Between Terminals and Case (T-C)2000VAC, 60sec

Replacement Capacitor

To replace the cap I bought a 3mF (microFarad) 450V motor run capacitor from TecsaReco for R16.13 – Part No. RCAP3 or you can get from RS-Online RS Pro 3?F Polypropylene Capacitor PP 450 V ac ±5% Tolerance Through Hole for R19.57 each (min 2)

Dimensions: 36 x 14 x 29mm

Shaft Seal Replacement – Viton Oil Seal

This is for a Kenwood machine but it will be similar for the Panasonic

http://www.instructables.com/id/Kenwood-Bread-Maker-BM-450-Bread-Pan-Shaft-Seal-Re/

Panasonic Bread Maker Manuals

http://www.panasonic.eu/downloads/en_GB/popup.html

Either enter your Model Number, you can find it on your machine or select Home Appliances > Automatic Bread Maker > then your model number

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