what if you put wrong oil in air compressor

by robert hainer
(toledo,ohih)

i put 10/30 oil in my air com pressor , started it up run a little bit then stoped, next day i found out i put wrong oil and over filled , drained oil out , turned on it started up i turned off right away

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Robert, I guess it might depend on what make and model of air compressor.

The typical automotive oil has additives and detergents in it that aren't necessary, and probably will, in the long term, damage some compressor pump components.

If you have drained the oil and put in the right stuff (see the Oil section on the sitemap page for guidance), if it were me, I wouldn't worry overmuch.

Let us know how it turns out as a comment here, will you?

Thanks,

Bill

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Feb 07, 2015
Wrong oil
by: Bill

Hi Jordan. Thanks for the comment.

Please see the page about fixing air compressors - http://www.about-air-compressors.com/compressor-repair.html - for a place to provide information to visitors about your compressor supply and repair business.

Bill

Feb 06, 2015
Been there, done that
by: Jordan Johnson

I made this mistake once. I can't stop talking about how much I regret it. The air compressor only worked for a few seconds before it started making odd noises and then died. Fortunately, it was still able to be repaired.

Sep 17, 2013
oil type
by: Anonymous

can i use nu-calgon vacuum pump oil in my air compressor
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My recommendation is always... if your air compressor is under warranty, use the oil that is specified in the manual.

If your air compressor is out of warranty and you don't have the manual, then use COMPRESSOR LUBRICATING OIL which is available from any compressor store.

I cannot recommend using other than that, as I have no idea whether nu-calgon vacuum pump oil is suitable for your compressor.

It were mine, I'd use compressor oil.

B.

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fuel in oil reservoir

by Rusty
(Cuero, TX)

our compressor is mounted on a service truck. the exhaust is facing the front of the truck. i believe wind entering the exhaust has damaged the baffles. the compressor starts for only a few seconds, then coughs and dies. upon checking the oil, we found that a large amount of fuel had leaked into the oil reservoir.
Any suggestions on where to start in order to fix the compressor. Indeed, next time we'll be mounting the compressor with the exhaust facing the rear of the truck! Things you learn...
I have a picture of the unit available, but I was unable to upload it to the site.
Thanks for your help
Rusty

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What kind of oil do I use in my Bynford 100# portable compressor?

by Fred Leard
(Princeton BC, Canada)

I have a Bynford Model TD-2006 (A 0r D) air compressor and it hasn't been building up pressure. I checked the oil and it appears to be empty. I have no manual and wondered what type of oil to put in it and how much. Thankd for any help you can give me. I never did get a manual with it so am really stumped.
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Fred, have you looked at the Oil Issues page linked from the Nav bar? Your answer is there.

I see a lot of Bynford air tools, but I cannot find a seller of Bynford compressors.

Bill

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Reading the compressor oil dipstick

by Joe Van Sickle
(Maple Valley)

How do you read the dipstick there is only a notch?
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It would have helped to know the make and model of the air compressor, Joe.

Regardless, if this were my compressor and there was only one notch on the wand of the dipstick, I would read that as the "full" level.

If you have a manual for the compressor, I expect that info would be there as well.

Cheers,

Bill

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