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When I turn on the RLH4C laser level all lights flashing no rotating laser

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You have a motor jam, or a bad compensator (vial). The unit has likely been dropped. Most laser dealers with repair centers will not charge you for diagnosing the unit. Also Topcon has a 5 year warranty on lasers. If it's not older than 5 years I'd get it in a shop and have it repaired for free.

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