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Paying attention to the health of your vacuum pump can extend the run-time between rebuilds and save you from catastrophic failure. Here are some tips for things to look out for that may indicate the performance of your pump is declining: Tip #1-Turbo Pumps: Is there a change in sound or vibration coming from your turbo pump? A change in noise or vibration in your turbo pump could indicate that the bearings are failing. Continuing to run your turbo pump with a noise can set you up for a catastrophic failure- a hard crash which destroys the stator and rotor blades. The photo on the left shows a catastrophic failure of a Leybold TMP-1000C. Oil Sealed Rotary Vane Pumps: What...Full Article