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My porter cable pancake compressor seems to have a leak

The leak sounds like it is coming from the motor that sits on top of the canister. It is a pretty substantial leak from the sound. Any suggestions. Thanks

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  • mchevalier Apr 26, 2009

    I have the same type of compressor, a model C2005 with the head leak.  I took it apart and it leaks from where the pressure pipe plugs into the head with just a rubber seal.  Pretty substantial leak.  I've tried RTV silicone, that blew out in seconds.  JB weld only lasted a few seconds longer.  Epoxy putty worked but it still leaks but less.  This is the third one of these compressors I've had given to me.  I'm a carpenter.  The first 2 only lasted 6 months each with daily use.  Others report the same problem.  These are JUNK and should be avoided.   

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Tap on the check valve on the tank (located on the pancake, right side). It may take a few times but it worked for me. If that doesn't work, you'll need to replace it. The check valve is leaking and not exhausting from the top area of the motor. It goes without saying that, thats where the hose is leading to. Good Luck!

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I've burned through two Mdl 2005s. Finally I realized that the catch up isn't quick enough so the compressor motor runs most of the time when I'm putting up trim. I switched to a Dewalt vertical tank, 15 gallons, D55168, which has more volume. On staple guns and nailers, it's great. It runs more on spray painters, even HVLP's, but keeps up. Been in service 2 years now, and I don't baby my my equipment. Still light enough for one man to roll to a pickup or trailer and pull up into it.

200 PSI and 5.4 CFM handles most equipment.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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REMOVE COVER. SOUNDS LIKE HEAD OR VALVE PLATE GASKET. MARK HEAD AND OTHER PARTS SO YOU CAN PUT IT BACK TOGETHER.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009

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