Question about Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Combo Kit, Drill/Driver & Impact Driver

Open Question

I have a craftsman 19.2v cordless drill and it died this weekend installing a deck. A puff of smoke came from the handle. I bypassed the trigger switch and the motor works fine. Under the switch is a black barrel component with a silver band around it and wires attached to it. I suspect it's a diode and it may be bad? I do get continuity thru it. Drill is # 315.114480. Any ideas? The switch and diode smell burnt, can't tell which it is. Replacement parts?

Posted by on


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 313 Answers

SOURCE: dewalt dc 988 cordless drill

posible motor problem, the built in magnetic ring in the motor may broken inside or just to much dust in it. advice when replacing motor also replace th switch for the cost $132.00 plus tax canadian. thanx

Posted on May 24, 2008

  • 257 Answers

SOURCE: Kawasaki 19.2 cordless drill

Hi Tim, Sounds like you got it figured out! The only question I see is if there is a quick fix, and it looks like you answered your own question. You can certainly pursue requesting that it be fixed as a manufacturing defect/ faulty part, or even a safety hazard as that is your right. While I can not suggest you take that route, the old metaphor of the sparking trigger that melted in my hand always seemed to get a lot of attention. Good Luck to you, hope this Fixsya!

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: Both cordless drill batteries dead.

Your battery could say its good by just testing voltage,but when a load is put on it , its a different story. My dewalt batt. did the same thing I opened up the batt. case and there was 12 "C" sized batteries inside linked together with little metal strips. I bought 12 rechargeable "C" batts. and carefully drilled where the metal strips are soldered, changed out batt. and re solder. It's been over a year now and still drilling . Also you should do this one batt. at a time so you don't put one in the wrong order .

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

  • 257 Answers

SOURCE: 18V cordless drill charger #981832-001

Hi again, Because of the age of these batteries, this may or may not work but you have nothing to lose. The theory here is that over time, oxides built little bridges in a ni cad battery between the anode and cathode thus shorting the battery, shocking the battery burns those bridges and if the cells are still intact it will work again. So take your stronger battery or cables and being sure to observe the correct polarity touch or brush the positive to positive and negative to negative several times. The first times will spark and then as the bridges burn the spark will decrease. Put the battery in the charger and the charge light should come on. Leave the battery in the charger until it reaches a full charge. If after this procedure you still have the defective indication, then the cells were bad and you will still have to replace the battery. Good luck, please let me know how this works for you!

Thanks for using FixYa - a FixYa rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009

  • 19 Answers

SOURCE: Hi. I need a Sears Craftsman 16 volt battery

Posted on Apr 04, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Craftsman 19.2 v cordless drill smoking..what do i need to replace

You need to replace the whole unit. A motor which smokes when you are using it means the motor is burnt out or you are putting too much pressure on it making it work too hard. I have a feeling it's burnt out. I don't think you can repair it.

Mar 17, 2013 | Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt 5 1/2" Cordless...

1 Answer

My mansfield dual drill is smoking , i need mansfield service numbers

Hi there its the trigger its no good.I have had 2 of these drills in 18months & the trigger melts inside & sets onfire.The motor will be ok but the trigger gets that hot it welds its self to the inside.THERE IS NO UK CUSTOMER SUPPORT! DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE DRILLS

Sep 17, 2011 | Mansfield Plumbing Products MANSFIELD 3/8"...

1 Answer

When I pull the trigger on my cordless drill smoke comes out of the vents and you can smell burning odor

The motor has jammed and burned out. It is probably not worth trying to repair.
If it is still within the warranty period take it back for replacement under guarantee

Feb 10, 2011 | kawasaki 840079 Green 19.2 Volt Cordless...

1 Answer

Drill dies smoke from handle

coulsd be a burnt switch or battery, take a look at the battery contacts and then remove battery and look at the contacts on the switch,

Oct 27, 2010 | Dewalt DC927KL Heavy Duty 18 Volt Cordless...

1 Answer

Dewalt cordless drill dc988- drill motor works intermitantly when trigger is pulled. Works a little better as it warms up. Im thinking vsr switch, brushes, or motor/armature. please help...

Test the brushes by catching it in a stalled condition when you have it triggered, then rotate it slightly. If it takes off suspect the brushes or a dead segment on the comutator.

If it doesn't respond to this, then consider the VSR trigger... open it and test by bypassing it when in stalled condition...

Mar 20, 2010 | Dewalt 18 Volt Dc988 Hammer Drill,dc825...

1 Answer

Smokes from brushes when trigger is pulled

Time to crack it open and have a look at the brushes at the back of the motor, they may be worn down to nothing or contaminated with something that spilled on the drill.

I would contact the nearest service center and buy some new brushes for they are very inexpensive.



Jan 27, 2010 | Black & Decker 18 Volt Cordless Drill...

1 Answer

Motor fails to run when trigger depressed

sounds like your armature and field is burnt. once they have both got hot you need to replace the armature and field as well as the brushes and holders.

Jan 24, 2010 | Drills

1 Answer

Makita 14.4V Cordless Impact Driver only works at high speed

Most cordless drill / drivers like this have electronic switchs which unfortunately would have to be fixed by a repair agent. Depending on it's age - make sure that you tell the agent that it never really worked properly, warrentys only cover parts that were faulty from manufacture and not wear and tear, so it may get fixed for free depending on the repair centre

May 18, 2009 | Makita 3/8" Dr. 14.4V Cordless Drill Kit

1 Answer


wiring is conected the rong way ,,cheers

Apr 11, 2009 | Dewalt DC925B Heavy Duty Xrp 18V Cordless...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Combo Kit, Drill/Driver & Impact Driver Logo

Related Topics:

152 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Craftsman Drills Experts

Gareth Cockram
Gareth Cockram

Level 3 Expert

661 Answers

John Trevino

Level 3 Expert

1383 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76164 Answers

Are you a Craftsman Drill Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides