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ordinary engine oil 10/30 or 16 oz synthetic oil ( lowes)
There are compressor oils on the market but as the most it has to do is lubricate the bearings and cylinders , engine oil is quite sufficient to do the job as it has all the additives needed to reduce wear , rust and inhibit moisture from the air compression
if it runs 12 hours a day 7 days a week then there will be a service schedule that you should be aware of but if it is just a home operation then every year or two would be adequate for a service
This usually occurs when the motors internal thermal / amp breaker opens due to overload or weak breaker. Use an amp gauge to test for too much amp draw. If amp draw is normal, then problem could be the in-tank check valve leaking pressure back to the pump overloading the system, or weak capacitor or weak breaker. Bypass the breaker temporarily if the amp draw is normal to test system. Good luck
BE CAREFUL! Jump the pressure switch and see if it starts. If so, replace the switch. If it doesn't start but hums, cut the power and try to turn the compressor by hand. Free it up if possible. If it does not hum, look for a reset on the motor or a blown fuse or breaker.
You could do a little searching on the web, and answer your own question. You can buy a manual for $4.95 at:
But worse, you don't even need an answer to this question. Simply add oil until level is about half-way up the sight glass. And don't overfill. How simple is that?
This was a poor design for kobalt with digital readouts.. The compressor waqs made by several comanies including campbell hausfield and porter cable, But some were imported.
There under the controls is a switch that cuts out the motor, It looks like an oil pressure switch on older cars. There is also a manifold tree that holds the guages and the regulator. There will also be a circuit board that holds the electronics for the regulator control.
Remember you have to set a value to bring up the pressure and the board senses the tank pressure and "Bleeds" off via a solenoid to hold the pressure. The ticking sound you hear is the solenoid, ITs not repair/replacable.. its part of the controls.
If the unit is under warranty you might eant to ask lowes who is their off site repair center, or ask is it available to be exchanged.
Personally, and professionally.. this model is oiless, so it has a shorter life as to being reliable compared to oil lubrication. For the extra bucks you will come out with a more reliable and easier to service model.
EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE EVERYTHING PLASTIC THESE DAYS. REMOVE PLASTIC LINE AND REPLACE WITH 1/4" FLEXIBLE COPPER ( ANY KIND ) JUST PICKUP A SMALL ROLL AT A HARDWARE STORE. MAKE SURE YOU GET A COUPLE OF FITTINGS, NUTS AND/OR FERRELS. HOPE THIS HELPS, JODY