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How to assemble reed valves and valve plates for Craftsman Air Compressor 921153101


My compressor is only building pressure to 25psi, but the motor runs fine and it does not noticeably leak. I took off the piston assembly and the gaskets on the valve plate were very very dry and cracking. Removed them, cleaned the plates. The piston and cylinder look good. The reed valves are not cracked, but I really don't know what worn vs. normal would look like - they are very thin pieces of metal: http://s.sears.com/is/image/Sears/PD_0009_921_E100229?hei=280&wid=280&op_sharpen=1&qlt=100

I figured for $12 I'd buy a gasket kit and 2 replacement reed valves - it already disassembled. My question is - where do I put the reed valves once I reassemble? Even the schematic does really poor job highlighting where they go? I see there is a very thin metal ring that sits between the 2 valve plates, and I guess the reed valves go between the slots in it? The schematic is here: http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/50037535-00001.png

Thank you

Air Compressors , Craftsman , Garage Organization & Shelving
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