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Hi all. New here. Been lookin for answers for days(weeks),done almost all I can think of and instead of fixing the initial trouble,which I thought I had,now today my compressor decided to completely and very unspectacularly,die... I guess?? Honestly,I'm hoping its something I'm just overlooking?? We recently moved. Before that I was doing suspension work on my truck,welding,grinding,cutting,sanding,etc. My compressor isn't new,bought used,but was working fine. We moved,and I was gonna get back to building my truck. I have air bags in the front of the truck so far so needed to manually raise the truck to clean under and make sure nothin got hurt during the move,also had to air up tires on my car and 3 wheelers. So,I pulled the compressor out,blew it off first,then went and aired stuff up with the hose.. When I was done I went back in the garage and noticed compressor sounded different. So I was looking it over while it was still filling and noticed the pressure guages were lower than they usually are,one was shaking alot? I popped the air hose off and the pitch changed again...normal with valve closed I think? But garage door light went off right then and I noticed a smell,kinda electric/plastic burning,then noticed lil sparks flying out the fan,exhuast area of the cover,and it was heated up pretty good. So I turned it off,let the air all out and took the top off to check it out. Nothing outta the ordinary?? Just a old well used compressor?? Plugged it in,turned it on and looks like a circle of sparks when its on,with the black fan/motor shield on anyways?? I took that off too and the sparks were around the brush areas? All spins smoothly by hand? Brushes themselves are bout inch an a half long normally,only worn down maybe quarter or half inch?? Lotta brush life left,springs work good,worn smooth,no chips,no grooves in the plates they ride on. Plates were a bit browner than the new shiny copper look. The one thing bothered me was the cord on the compressor. Someone clipped it with a cutting tool I guess? P.O. Retwisted and taped up the cord. Didn't like it. Also they put one of those "fancy" rebuildable plugs on the cord too. During my searches for the arcing problem,took the plug apart cuz the ground prong was loose? Read bad ground could cause sparks?? Anyways,I ordered a new cord. Before I had removed the old one the compressor still ran,sparked but ran?? While messing with it I never started it longer than a second at a time just to see if sparking stopped. While waiting for the new cord I cleaned the comutator plates?? That what they're called?? I'm a gas engine person,sorry. Cleaned the brushes,or just made sure the springs worked ok,and I lightly polished the brass plates heard the tarnish might cause sparks too?? Lastly I just put the cord on this morning. Got it last night in the mail. After plugging it in at worst I was expecting the compressor to start up and still be sparking?? Instead I turned the switch on and got a small spark,the motor didn't try to spin?? I turned it off,checked connections,flipped the thing on on again and nothing?? Again, nothing...then a small wisp of smoke,really small, poofed up from what looked like underside of the motor?? Sorry so detailed. I'm very thorough. I'm hoping the answer is in the details?? Is my compressor savable,or dead?? All day I tried everything... I don't know much but what I've read about oil free compressors and motors? Not sure if there's a reset?? I even tried putting the crappy old cord back on...no go?? Was that wisp of smoke a fuse? Relay,fusable link??? Or the soul leaving my poor compressor?? Hope someone reads this and at least gives me more things to try?? Help,anyone!!! Lol. Is it time to find a new compressor I can't afford,or can this one be saved?? I did find one other issue when I took it apart... The ring,or whatever on the piston has a half inch sliver missing so that's gonna not help fill the tank proper if I do fix the motor?? Anyways,dead tired. If u read this,awesome!!! Tell me there's a reset... Something?? Thanks. Goodnight. Respects to all do it yourselfers out there!! U can do it... Get-R-Done!!