How to change the oil in Craftsman 106.152540 compressor

by Mark McD
(OKC, OK)

Craftsman 106.152540 oil drain plug

Craftsman 106.152540 oil drain plug

Craftsman 106.152540 oil drain plug
Craftsman 106.152540 oil fill plug

I have my Dad's old (c. 1970ish) Craftsman 106,152540 tank mounted compressor like the one in the photos on this webpage:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sears-Vintage-1-2-HP-Air-Compressor-100-PSI-7-5-Gal-/281462038505?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item418871dfe9#ht_166wt_926

Works fine, but the tank was been patched years ago and is leaking again. I have been restoring it, mainly just cleaning it up, and I bought a new "remote" tank that I can hook up to the unit now that I cut the tank away from the compressor/motor/control assembly, but I was wondering how to change the oil in the compressor. The compressor has a "plug" at bottom on the side and a red, square head plug on the bottom on the back side (fill port?), just not sure what type and how much oil to put in as there doesn't appear to be a dip stick anywhere.

What do you think?

Thanks

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Oct 14, 2014
Craftsman compressor oil for model 106.152540
by: Bill

Well, I know I wouldn't charge up this compressor until I had a new tank on it. An exploding air tank is not a nice thing to be around.

The "expert" at Sears Parts Direct says that SAE20 is the oil recommended for this model, and to fill the sump until the oil level reaches the bottom of the fill hole.

I've uploaded two images one showing what I believe is the compressor oil drain plug and the other the fill hole.

When you drain the oil, catch it so you can measure how much was in there just to be sure.

Good luck.

Bill

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