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How to Troubleshoot a Plate Compactor

Your plate compactor is made to last when compacting gravel and soil for construction and landscaping projects. Even so, it is common to have engine start-up problems or other issues after the machine has been in service for a while. With a little routine maintenance, you can stave off or repair many mechanical breakdowns. Take a few moments to get your plate compactor running close to its original tip-top form.

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  1. Check the spark plug and set it to the proper gap if the machine is difficult to start. Clean the spark plug. Replace it if the insulation looks worn. If your plate compactor does not work correctly, go to the next step.

  2. Check the spark plug wiring. Replace it if it is defective. If your plate compactor does not work correctly, go to the next step.

  3. Check the ignition coil and replace it if it is defective. If your plate compactor does not work correctly, go to the next step

  4. Check the wiring for the "On/Off" switch and replace it if it is defective. If your plate compactor does not work correctly, go to the next step.

  5. Check the air cleaner filter and fuel filter. If either part is dirty, replace it. If your plate compactor does not work correctly, call for service.

  6. Warning

    Allow the engine to cool before you apply these steps. Adding the wrong type of fuel can cause your plate compactor's engine to overheat. Always use the type of fuel recommended in your machine's user manual. Follow all warnings, dangers, and cautions listed on the machine and in its user manual to avoid personal injury.

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About the Author

Nina Nixon has more than 30 years of professional writing experience. She enjoys writing about business and technology. Her articles have appeared on Chron, eHow Business & Personal Finance, Techwalla, and other digital content publishing websites.

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