Broken Air Compressor?

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I finally decided to figure out what was wrong with my air compressor pump.  The wheel would just spin freely and not do anything else.  When I removed the top the pistons? wouldn’t move when I pushed on them.  I would guess that is not good!  It was also dry and gummy.  But who knows what it is suppose to look like?

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I removed the wheel thing (technical term) I guess this piece is fine?  But I believe I spotted the problem.

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Looks like something broke in the compressor pump?  🙂  Looks like maybe the pistons seized up and the wheel thing ripped all the crap apart!  But it looks like I have all the pieces and I can easily fix this with some glue!

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I forgot to tell you the way to get this pump apart is to take all the screws out them hit it with a rubber mallet.  At least it worked for me.  The 2nd picture looks like the piston actually broke/cracked then the whole pump blew up?  Maybe?

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But I really can’t decide if the pump just didn’t have enough oil?  Maybe that caused all the problem?  I checked with the dip stick and it didn’t register, that is bad.  So the bottom line is I figured out what the problem was with my Dad’s broken air compressor and with a little glue I will be able to get this old green SpeedAire back as good as new!

One Reply to “Broken Air Compressor?”

  1. It was definitely run dry. You can get a pump from Tractor Supply Co. for a reasonable price, probably not more than it would cost to repair the old one. Make sure you break the pump in per the instructions, or it will always lose oil.

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