oil in air tanks
oil in air tanks. coming from compressor. whats the cure
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wash air tanks out with simple green and then rinse with winter washer fluid and some methel to it.
I do this to all my units every sept. use simple green because it breaks down the oil faster and better than a solvent, i use winter washer fluid because it removes the water slowly while i run through the air system.
if you have a new Cat Accert the turbo wastegates into the compressor..if it is going that is one of the signs oil in the air..
I had the same problem.Replaced one compressor then still had the problem so they figured out that compressor had gone bad too,so I replaced that one,but I still could drain the one air tank a couple times a day & oil kept coming out in substantial quantities.Here's how I finally fixed it with no problem since (Feb.2012).Took the main hose off by the compressor & sprayed brake cleaner into it then put the hose back on,then took the plug out of the tank & sprayed brake cleaner up into & around (try to hit the tank walls as much as possible).Then put the plug back in, build up the air pressure & let it run for a little bit then take the plug back out,& let it run for awhile.When I did mine it seemed like oil would just keep coming,but after about 30 mins. It slowed down & finally quit.If it's really bad you might have to repeat the procedure.Since then my tanks have been dry as a bone
We have found at least a half gallon of oil in the first of three reservoirs and need to know if that will affect braking power. We understand that the compressor is fed oil from the engine and may have a small amount of oil pass through the dryer and into the system, possibly requiring the compressor to be replaced/rebuilt. However, the dryer was full of oil and water, the first reservoir was full of oil and water, and the exhaust valves mounted above the differentials were expelling oil and water. The questions are 1) will oil in the system affect braking power? 2) what kind of time frame is associated with the accumulation of this much oil and water in the system?
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