Sears Compressor Model 106.179680 - Where to fill with oil?

by Chris
(Hazlet, NJ)


I just inherited a Sears Compressor Model 106.179680; There is a label on the compressor that says that I must fill it to the top with oil. However, I don't have a manual and I'm not 100% sure where to fill it. I've uploaded a picture, I think that I just take out the bolt labeled #2 and fill that with oil. I'm guessing the bolt I labeled #1 is the drain. Any know if this is correct?


Thanks!






Bill answers...

Hey Chris. Nice to hear from you, and thanks for uploading the photo.

It's a bit hard to see the numbers. I'm guessing that plug #1 is the one center bottom, right? That sure looks like the drain.

Before you drain the sump, open the plug #2 and use your finger or a dipstick to see if you can reach oil down that hole. It looks like it will be the fill plug, but I can't be sure from the photo.

One thing you can be sure. The fill plug will be higher on the housing than the drain plug.

If there is no other place to add oil, then by default, plug #2 should be it.

Anyone else have any ideas for Chris?

Thanks all.

Bill

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Apr 28, 2014
10W-40 oil 106.179680
by: Paul Scott Houston

I have the same compressor which I inherited frm my father. Mine still has a yellow safety sticker/label on it that says it is supposed to have 10W-40 oil in the compressor.

I am rebuilding the control system on mine as my father had converted it to just a pressure tank

I believe this is a Campbell Hauseld VT compressor but not sure of the exact model

Let me know if anyone can help with spare parts or advice - paul underscore d underscore scott at yahoo dot com

Sep 23, 2012
compressor oil
by: Anonymous

I'm going to try that right now because that looks like mine. Thank you vicki

Jan 07, 2011
Fill plug
by: Anonymous

You first idea was right Chris. I too inherited a similar compressor. I use 30w non-dertergent oil. I alwas clean and lightly oil the "filter" on top of it as well.

Sep 18, 2009
Sears compressor
by: Jeff

Deff no doubt, the higher one is where you fill it and the bottom one is where you drain it.

May 08, 2009
Response
by: Chris (Hazlet, NJ)

Thanks for your help, I added oil and everything seems to be working fine. If anyone has a manual please let me know, I'm still looking to get that.

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Is oil sight gauge also oil drain plug?

by J Alfred
(Minnesota)

Craftsman model 16636 compressor, courtesy of Sears

Craftsman model 16636 compressor, courtesy of Sears

I have a recent Craftsman model 16636 compressor. The user manual specifies changing the oil but there is no oil drain location indicated or any other information on the procedure. There is an oil sight gauge that sort of appears to be removable. I'm looking for an experienced hand to recommend if the gauge should be removed as the drain, or if I should tip the whole compressor and drain through the filler location. Many thanks.

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Bill answers....

Howdy J. Alfred.

Nope, don't turn it over. I can't believe that any compressor is designed to invert in order to drain the oil.

And no, I don't think that you should open the sight glass to drain the oil either.

What there should normally be is a small plug, maybe 1/4" NPT, near the base of the pump.

I don't personally know this compressor, so if anyone else has this model, please comment. I did find a photo of it on line, but it is not big or clear enough to see where the oil drain port is.

If you could, perhaps, start a new thread and upload a few photos of the pump area and the sight glass, I may be able to point it out to you.

Cheers,

Bill

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106.152581 compressor motor buzzes but doesnt start

by Bob
(Rydal, PA)

Sears air compressor model 106.152581. Plug it in and it buzzes but doesn't start. No pressure in tank as it has bee in storage for sometime. Start capacitor problem? Bob
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Bob, that it is buzzing tells me that the pressure switch has tripped to passing, confirming that the tank pressure is below cut in, or empty, as your post suggests.

If where you are plugging it in has got good power, and you are not using an extension cord, then yes, my next guess would be the start capacitor. There is a page on this site about how to check that.

Cheers,

Bill



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Venerable older Sears Compressor

by Steven

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On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Steven Artigas
Thanks, Bill,

I have had a helpful and interesting email thread with a C-H tech agent, she was also very patient, considering that this old machine of mine probably belongs in the Smithsonian. Unable to date it precisely, but the date on the parts diagram is 1976. I have corrected the custom wiring and plumbing by the original owner and the unit is now semi-permanently installed on a shelf in my garage. It runs an impact wrench without breaking a sweat.

Regards,
Steve
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An update on this unit- I was able to determine that it was made by Campbell-Hausfeld (by the 106 prefix) and emailed C-H to ask if they had any info. They sent me the attached owner's manual which you may want to post. There are also some parts available thru Sears. I couldn't find out how old it is, but I would guess maybe 30 or more years old.

This compressor seems in excellent shape, with almost no use, apparently it lived in a basement and the original owner just ran a hose up to his garage to pump up his car tires. To my mind, it's much more substantial than anything of comparable size on the market now- two of us strained to lift it into my Blazer. The frosting on the cake was the cost- $100. I think the 240 volt requirement was a drawback for possible buyers.
Regards,
Steve

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