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I have a Porter Cable pancake compressor 135 PSI 5.3 scfm 1.6 hp running. The gauges do not show any charge and the tank doesn't hold any significant amount of air. What could the problem be? I need to know so I can decide if it is worth repairing or should be deep sixed.

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Could be a leak at the bleeder valve. That's usually the problem I find. They get beat and banged around. Then they start to leak. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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