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Old 02-27-2012, 11:42 AM
China Rider
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When a lift starts, the motor has to overcome a lot on inertia to get it going - lack of lubrication or bad alignment makes it worse. This causes the capacitors to work really hard, and decrease their service life. The salt water environment doesn't help.

You need a multi tester and instructions from the website, either AO Smith or GE, on how to test them. Remember, a capacitor holds a charge after the power is turned off.

Depending on the lifts age, you might want to take the motors off ( boat won't fall) and take them to an electric motor guy, then you can get new brushes and lube at the same time.
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