I have a VR5-8 champion . Low oil switch keeps tripping

by Tom
(New Hampshire)

VR5-8 champion

VR5-8 champion

I recently moved and relocated the compressor. Upon restart , after replacing 2 quarts of correct oil, it ran for about 40 seconds before shutting off. I found the low oil switch had tripped. press reset and goes for 3-4seconds then shuts off.


Does the low oil unit have anything that could be clogged or air bound? Did laying it down to move effect anything? ( I drained the oil before I laid it down )

Any help would be appreciated. Tom

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Jan 25, 2017
Low oil switch
by: Doug in s.d.ca

Well, I'm standing by my original idea of bypassing it.

It's what others have done, and as long as it doesn't run for extended periods unattended, it'll be OK as long as you keep the oil up.

I don't really understand how it works, and worse, there are old and new versions of it - and they are expensive at 160 to over 200 bucks.

Let us know if it starts working after a time, or you just give up on it, or you find out anything more about it.

Jan 23, 2017
reply for Doug
by: Tom

Yes 2 quarts per the specs. It also shows halfway on the site glass.
yes it does run longer if you wait a while.

Jan 23, 2017
Low oil switch keeps tripping
by: Doug in s.d.ca

Presuming you actually have the correct oil and level of oil, does it run longer after it sits awhile?

I'd guess after a while, it will get whatever it's looking for, and stop tripping.

Meanwhile, and again if you're certain the oil level is correct, bypass the oil switch until starts working and un-bypass or replace it if you decide it's broken (possibly in transit, maybe just died.)

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