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If the compressor starts after just a few seconds of trying, then it means that your compressor is overloading and shutting down. This could be a weak overload/relay or it could be a bad compressor. This model is fairly well known for the compressor failing if it was made by Tecumseh. You'll want to pull the refrigerator forward and remove the lower back access panel. Look at the sticker on the big black round compressor and see if it says Tecumseh or Embraco. If it says Tecumseh, you're going to need a new compressor. If it says Embraco, I'd start by replacing the overload relay because the compressor itself rarely fails. The overload relay is the plastic box parts attached to the side of the compressor where all the wires connect to the compressor.
Also, sometimes if the compressor is starting to go bad you can unplug the refrigerator for a couple hours and let the compressor cool down and the piston will unjam and start working again until it warms up and sticks in a couple days/weeks.
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