Brute compressor blowing Oil with Very Few Hours
I have a Brute 15-gallon model that's about 8 years old. However I use it only to work on my car, inflate tires, and blow out my lawn sprinkler system. I change the oil annually to keep condensation and metal particles to a minimum. In total I estimate that the motor gets about 1-2 hours of run time per year. (not very much). So I would say that at this point the motor has about 12 hours on it. Recently I noticed that the air coming out smelled like gear oil, and my oil/water separator is turning yellow. Clearly there is oil getting into the tank. I just find it hard to believe that the rings would have failed after so few hours. Could this be due to a stuck intake reed? Is it worth my time to troubleshoot this or is this just typical of an inexpensive, imported compressor?