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The Air Compressor Smokes and Then turns off after a while.

I turn on my air Compressor and it works fine, but it smokes a lot, it looks like as if it was burning. And then, after a while of working it turns off by itself. What can I do to fix this?

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  • juanloredo2 Jun 01, 2009

    Like the end, like the muffler part is where the smoke comes from.

  • John Moore May 11, 2010

    Which part seem to be smoking, the motor end or the compressor end.

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Sounds like the piston rings are blowing by allowing oil to get into the compression cylinder.
You should chuck it and go buy a new compressor as this one is more to fix than to replace.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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