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Oil blowing out of breather cap of my Campbell Hausfeld Maxus EX8403

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The only way you can have air blowing out of the breather is if the valve plate is installed backwards or incorrectly, possible because they are symetrical. If it's in wrong on one cylinder it will also let any pressure built up by the other cylinder(s) bleed off. Try turning the valve plate around 180 degrees on the cylinder blowing out the breather, if that doesn't work check the plate's assembly compared to the valve plate on the working cylinders. You should be able to tell if each cylinder is working properly just by turning the flywheel by hand and putting a finger over the breather hole and/or discharge hole.

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