Cleaning, Draining, and Oiling the Air Compressor

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How to do it


  • Wipe down the exterior with a rag, focusing on clearing dust off the motor, any moving parts.

Draining Water

The bottom of the air compressor has a valve for quickly evacuating water that collects at the bottom of the air tank.

  • Grab a pan or bucket
  • With the bucket positioned to catch water, slowly open the valve till water and air start to shoot out.
  • As soon as it stops sputtering, close the valve. If the water is slightly red, that is ok. If there is noticeable sludge, inform the manager.

Changing Oil

  • Grab a 1qt bottle of new oil, a funnel, an oil pan or bucket, and a few clean rags
  • There is a valve below the motor for draining the oil. Position the bucket under the outlet and open the valve. Let the oil drain completely and set aside.
  • On the top of the motor is a cap. Unscrew this and place the funnel in it. Pour the new oil in, being careful not to spill.
  • Once oil reservoir is filled, drain a little bit of the oil to drain any remaining old oil. If it drains clear it is good to go.
  • Screw the top cap back on, make sure the drain valve is closed, and clean up any oil spills.
  • Use the funnel to pour the old oil into the bottle. The used oil should be taken to an auto garage or any place that can dispose of oil.