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Old 13 Aug 2006, 10:06 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone recommend a good tire inflator? I'd prefer to not use
something that plugs into the cig. lighter. Thanks
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Old 14 Aug 2006, 08:49 am   #2 (permalink)
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aagrttxs wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a good tire inflator? I'd prefer to not use
> something that plugs into the cig. lighter. Thanks

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I use something that plugs into the cigarette lighter, even though I
have a separate air compressor because the larger compressor
accumulates some moisture during use that has to be drained daily
whereas the smaller ciagarette lighter driven air compressor does not
accumulate any moisture. Probably a minor consideration though.
I used to use a small foot pump and those worked fine.
If you have an air compressor, there are also storage tanks available
so whether you're using your own compressor or from a local service
station, you can store enough air to fill tires many times.
Small foot pump is cheaper though.
Best idea is to get an accurate dial gauge also.
http://www.getagauge.com/

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Old 14 Aug 2006, 10:43 am   #3 (permalink)
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aagrttxs wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a good tire inflator? I'd prefer to not use
> something that plugs into the cig. lighter. Thanks



What's the reason you don't like the cig. lighter?

I use a 12V jump-start battery pack to power my inflator. Makes the
wires easier to deal with...

Michael

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Old 14 Aug 2006, 01:37 pm   #4 (permalink)
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>> Can anyone recommend a good tire inflator? I'd prefer to not use
>> something that plugs into the cig. lighter. Thanks


Home Depot has a couple of portable electric (120V) air compressors (on
wheels) that are reasonably small and sell for about $75-$90. They can also
be used for small air driven shop tools and paint sprayers. I bought one and
my only regret is that I didn't get it sooner.


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Old 14 Aug 2006, 02:26 pm   #5 (permalink)
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aagrttxs wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a good tire inflator? I'd prefer to not use
> something that plugs into the cig. lighter. Thanks

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Couple more thoughts on checking tire pressure.
I've made a habit of checking engine oil (plus visual check of coolant
and brake fluid) and tire pressure every Saturday morning.
This past Saturday, right front was 10 lbs. low.
Lifted the car, turned the tire, found a nail in the tread and was able
to have it repaired that morning.
Contrast the alternate scenario.
I needed to take someone to the airport for an 8:44 AM flight Sunday
morning. With 2 hour advance requirement, that meant leaving at around
5:30 AM (allow for parking), (and we needed all those two hours - after
waiting in line, and clearing security, we got them boarded at exactly
the right time.
So, the tire runs lower on air, since it's an hour drive to the
airport, it overheats and damages the tire, and or the aluminum wheel,
plus then I need to change a tire at the side of the freeway in the
dark, and have the added time pressure of trying to make a flight.
So I'm quite grateful that simple maintenance routine saved me a lot of
trouble.

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Old 14 Aug 2006, 08:17 pm   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for your answers

On 14 Aug 2006 12:26:46 -0700, "Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com>
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>aagrttxs wrote:
>> Can anyone recommend a good tire inflator? I'd prefer to not use
>> something that plugs into the cig. lighter. Thanks

>===============
>Couple more thoughts on checking tire pressure.
>I've made a habit of checking engine oil (plus visual check of coolant
>and brake fluid) and tire pressure every Saturday morning.
>This past Saturday, right front was 10 lbs. low.
>Lifted the car, turned the tire, found a nail in the tread and was able
>to have it repaired that morning.
>Contrast the alternate scenario.
>I needed to take someone to the airport for an 8:44 AM flight Sunday
>morning. With 2 hour advance requirement, that meant leaving at around
>5:30 AM (allow for parking), (and we needed all those two hours - after
>waiting in line, and clearing security, we got them boarded at exactly
>the right time.
>So, the tire runs lower on air, since it's an hour drive to the
>airport, it overheats and damages the tire, and or the aluminum wheel,
>plus then I need to change a tire at the side of the freeway in the
>dark, and have the added time pressure of trying to make a flight.
>So I'm quite grateful that simple maintenance routine saved me a lot of
>trouble.


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