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Makita XPH01 Troubleshooting

The Makita XPH01 is a 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Hammer Driver-Drill; doubles as both a driver-drill and a hammer driver-drill.

The LED light does not power on when you hold down the trigger.

If the battery is disconnected, the LED light will not turn on. Check to make sure the battery is correctly attached with our battery replacement guide. Once the battery is connected properly, press the trigger to see if the light illuminates while the drill spins.

A common reason for the LED light to not turn on is because the bulb is dead. Check to make sure the battery is charged and attached first. If the light is still not working, the bulb may be dead, and you can follow the Makita XPH01 LED Light Replacement guide to change it.

The motor is unresponsive when you hold down the trigger.

Make sure the battery is charged before operating the drill. It is possible that the drill will not respond if the charge is too low. Once you check to see if the battery is charged and properly connected, press down on the trigger.

After constant use of the drill, the motor drill brushes are likely to wear out. Please follow our guide to change the motor drill brushes.

The trigger will not activate the drill.

In order to activate the drill, you must push the trigger down. You cannot press the trigger if the safety lock is engaged. Make sure the safety lock is switched to forward or reverse before operating the device.

The drill will not function if the battery is dead or not properly connected. Make sure the battery is charged and connected to the drill.

If the trigger switch pushes down but does not engage the motor, your trigger may be bad.

It is a possibility that the forward/reverse change lever has worn out and needs to be replaced. This is indicated by cracked plastic on the change lever itself. Please follow our guide to replace the forward/reverse change lever.

The drill becomes very hot when using.

When using the drill for a long period of time, the drill starts to heat up. Simply let go of the trigger to stop drilling, and let the drill cool down. Make sure the safety lock is engaged for safety purposes. Once cooled down, you can resume drilling again.

The clutch becomes disengaged.

There are numerical values on the clutch that represent the amount of torque the drill can exert on a screw. Depending on the type of screw, you can set the value of the torque. If the clutch slips before a screw is fully drilled in, it means that the torque value is not high enough. Simply rotate the setting to a higher value. If you drill the screw too deeply, you may want to adjust the setting to a lower value.

If the clutch does not firmly ‘click’ onto the right gear, it is possible that the leaf spring is worn out or simply missing. It is a common occurrence for someone to open the drill and when reassembling they do not put the leaf spring back into its correct place. Please follow our guide to replace the clutch leaf spring.


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