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3.0 h.p. wet/dry vac

I think I overloaded the dry filter and the motor quit. Is there a reset? I took it apart hoping for something obvious, no go. Tested switch it was o.k. Any thoughts. Probably 15 years old and abused. Steve

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Re: 3.0 h.p. wet/dry vac

Check the motor brushes, either worn down or dust is keeping one of them from laying on the armature. The other would be a bad motor.

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