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Kobalt air compressor won't run

Same as the other guy - my 10 gallon Kobalt compressor model VLK1581009 shows 0 psi on digital readout, but won't kick on.

Guy at LOWES was worthless. Can't find a KOBALT Support number. The 866 307 4104 number on the tank is ''not a working no.''

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    Does the compressor turn? what are the circumstances? IE Are you trying to start it outdoors or with an extension cord?

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Thanks for the help will ck.these thing out. get back later to let ya'll know .

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Under the top cover, under the motor shroud is inline fuse..looks like a car fuse, flat but with pointed ends, replace and the motor will run

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Hi mate take the head off and inspect the valves and gaskets i had this problem and it was the gaskets gone just make sure the valves are opening and closing ok good luck

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