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I have a Ryobi router that worked fine for a little while. (Bought it used) However now when I turn on the power switch the LED lights on the bottom turn on but the motor does not. After playing with it a bit I realized tapping the side of the router near the motor housing would sometimes get it to kick over. After doing this a few times even that would not work. However, if I tap the router on the edge of the table with some decent force it will turn over, sometimes I tap it several times before the motor will run on it's own. Once I get it going full speed it doesn't slow down or struggle. This makes me think this might be something simple to fix or replace. Any ideas? Thanks for your help in advance!
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Hey, Sam; take it apart check the bearings, clean everything thoroughly, and replace the brushes...also blow air through the switch.
And stop banging on the damn thing; it's supposed to be a precision tool!
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Hello,

I have a Ryobi router that worked fine for a little while. (Bought it used) However now when I turn on the power switch the LED lights on the bottom turn on but the motor does not. After playing with it a bit I realized tapping the side of the router near the motor housing would sometimes get it to kick over. After doing this a few times even that would not work. However, if I tap the router on the edge of the table with some decent force it will turn over, sometimes I tap it several times before the motor will run on it's own. Once I get it going full speed it doesn't slow down or struggle. This makes me think this might be something simple to fix or replace. Any ideas? Thanks for your help in advance!
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If it is bearings you should be able to feel them when you spin the shaft by hand. It will be stiff and you would probably find some spots harder to turn past than others. If it is the switch you should see some sawdust drop out of it when you tap lightly on the side around the switch. This was a problem some Bosch routers had until the factory replaced them with one that wouldn't clog up.(Bosch sent them to all customers who had that model free of charge by the way.) Brushes have to be inspected to diagnose easily. Check the power cord while you're at it. If you get the router running lay it on its side and wiggle the cord around. If it runs normally when you get it running it likely is something simple.

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Yea- brushes have had similar experiences with other tools. Do they arc when it does run?
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I'm with the brushes. It sounds like they might get hung up and so don't make contact. When you're banging the router that causes them to slip down and make contact. It could be that they are worn or the spring is tired or broken.

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Hi Sam. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

I'm thinking brushes as well. A very common wear point on older power tools, and usually a very cheap fix.

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+1 more on the brushes. Now your decision is where to find replacements. Try eReplacements Premium Power . Another possibility is your local hardware store. If it's one of the better hardware stores, they will have many different sizes of "generic" brushes. Take one of yours with you to match up. If you don't find a perfect match, buy a pair that's close and sand or file them to get the right size. I've had to do this a few times and it works. Just keep in mind that the brush sanding dust is conductive, so clean up often and don't get the dust mixed with your electrical circuits.

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