Capacitor lead disconnected


Active member
Aug 24, 2017
The pump was humming and shutting off, so I went to remove the capacitor to test it, and as I pulled off the leads, one of them just popped off (see the included pic). I assume I'll need to sodder it back on, but I don't own any soddering equipment, and have never used any before, so I wanted to check in with those more well versed with this kind of thing before I botch things up any worse DIYing.


Bama Rambler

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Jun 22, 2009
SouthWest Alabama
X2 what Allen said. It may be possible to put it back and it be fine, but we need to see what the disconnected end of the wire in the pic connects to, and how it connects.


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Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
Here is a picture of a similar pump and you can see the way the yellow wire is soldered into the U on the connection. It looks like something broke off from your connector and you lost half of the U.

You can try soldering it but I don't know how long it will last. Solder provides an electical connection but does not give a strong mechanical joint.



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May 30, 2012
Montville NJ
One end of your yellow wire has what appears to be a female disconnect wire connector. I am assuming that end goes to the tab on your start capacitor. The other end looks like it supposed to have a compression lug on it (hard to tell from the picture of the motor)

A compression lug is a small cylinder with a tab that has a hole in it. The cylinder goes over the bare wire and is compressed. The tab get screwed to whatever it is connecting to, or sometimes is it set with a punch.

It looks like the cylinder part of the compression lug cracked and the wire came out. If you can unscrew the remaining part from the motor then it is a simple task to get a new lug, clean up the end of your wire, compress the lug onto the wire and reattached it. If the lug was punched or riveted on, then you will either have to solder the wire to whats left of the connector (clean it first), or depending on what is in there (hard to see) you could try drilling out the rivet and using a self drilling machine screw to attach a new one (some locktite wouldn't hurt in that case)


Active member
Aug 24, 2017
So my attempts at soldering failed. Tried four different hardware stores talking to their staff about other means to secure it, but nothing ended up working. I think I'm ready to throw in the towel and take it a professional repair shop at this point.