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Motor or capacitor problem

I have to spin the motor by hand to start,it has high speed and med. speed now speed,is this a motor issue or is it the capacitor that is gone.Thanks:Mark

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I would test the cap it needs to be tested in uF or just replace the cap it is the cheapest option for you if you cant test it. over time the motors bearings wear out and the stater gets to close to the magnets also causing the same issue hope this helps. and by the way a 5uf 440 vac cap is like 12 dollars

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