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redxii
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join:2001-02-26
Sherwood, MI

Hand tire inflator..

I'm tired of pumping in quarters for air at the gas station, I live in the sticks so going to a Discount Auto isn't an option as the tires would be hot when I get there. I'm looking for something to top off when the temperature changes.

Anyone have any experience with something like these? »www.autozone.com/autozone/access···469_0_0_

I can't find any reviews, but there are for the 12V electric ones but they didn't seem very good from overheating to failing quickly.
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mob
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1 recommendation

I picked up a little "Husky" branded unit from Homeless Despot when I had 2 cars and a truck in my driveway and a garage slightly bigger than a shoe box.

»www.homedepot.com/Husky/h_d1/N-2···okIe7Pzg



CylonRed
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join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
reply to redxii

You are not going to be able to hand pump a car tire.



treetop1000

join:2003-11-07
Lexington, KY
reply to redxii

Walmart. They sell a 12v model from Chicago Pnuematic that has served me well and it's a pretty compact model as well. I've even used it out on a friends farm to re-inflate a tractor tire (no, not one of the big ones) after a rock pinched the beadlock out of place. Once we had the tire lifted off the ground and recentered the tire on the wheel, a few minutes later we had enough pressure to drive on it. No issues at all.
They're pretty inexpensive, I think I gave approx $20 for mine.
One thing I needed was one small enough to fit into the spare tire wheel well.
I have not had any problems with "overheating" but then I'm not using it as a daily tool either. It see's a little use at least once or twice a year and so far hasn't failed me yet. What more do you want for $20.



redxii
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join:2001-02-26
Sherwood, MI
reply to CylonRed

said by CylonRed:

You are not going to be able to hand pump a car tire.

Care to elaborate? Why would they say it's for car tires if it isn't possible? It may take a long time to fully inflate but I'm just talking about topping off a few psi.
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mob
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said by redxii:

said by CylonRed:

You are not going to be able to hand pump a car tire.

Care to elaborate?

I guess go buy a hand operated pump, try to add 3psi to a tire when it's cold. Let us know what you think of it.
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Cho Baka
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I did it a few weeks ago. Multiple tires on one car. I am bitter because all the gas stations charge for air now.

Not as exciting as apple pie, but certainly do-able.
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hortnut
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reply to redxii

Click for full size
I have a 12v one from Harbor Freight.
»www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-10···068.html I got mine for $22, less the coupon that they always run in their ads.

In fact used it this morning on all 4 tires on a F150. One tire was at 20 and the highest was 26 [had not checked them in a long time - do not drive much right now]. Took 1/2 hour to bring all up to 36lbs.

Yeah, it gets warm, but have had it for 4 years with no problem. I have had other 12v pumps and they come in handy.

As to an actual "hand" pump, only use if you want the exercise. Some years ago, someone let the air out of my tires on the passenger side of a Van loaded with plants. Took me 45 minutes at 4am to get them to just 15lbs, so I could drive to a gas station for air. Had left the 12v in another vehicle.

hth


removed
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reply to redxii

This definitely isn't the cheapest option but why not go for a cheap air compressor? »www.harborfreight.com/3-gallon-1···275.html goes for $39.99 if you catch it on sale, and it's a very good compressor for basic tasks like filling tires, cleaning out computers, etc. I had mine for over a year before upgrading to a larger unit. Add another $9-12 for hoses and inflators and you're good to go.
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Kearnstd
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downside is that cannot be run off the car.

But I do agree at home it seems like a rather nice tool to have around. I have considered one even just for cleaning things out as it seems like a cheaper option in the long run than canned air
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aurgathor

join:2002-12-01
Lynnwood, WA
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reply to redxii

I have a hand pump, but I normally use it for my bicycle -- trying to pump up a car tire will quite a bit of exercise, I can tell you.

If you really want a human powered pump, get a foot operated one like this: »compare.ebay.com/like/2809272809···var=sbar -- it's much easier to operate it than a hand pump.

Methinks the best option would be an electric pump -- either a 12V portable or a 110V air compressor. Harbor Freight has several, starting from a $5 - $10 cheapie to an $50+ high volume pump. The cheap one is good for very occasional use (it will wear out) the more expensive ones will usually last much longer.
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deke40
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join:2003-01-23
Texas
reply to redxii

Re: Hand tire inflator..

Might be a good idea to get use to this.

The new Kia Soul and some others cars are coming with no spare and a can of fix-a-flat type stuff and a small compressor.

I guess if you have a blow out you or SOL.

I have the 5 year 100k service so I am not worried for awhile.



removed
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said by removed:

»www.harborfreight.com/3-gallon-1···275.html goes for $39.99 if you catch it on sale

The sale is on:
»www.harborfreight.com/3-gallon-1···rce=1012

$39.99 today.
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dave
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reply to redxii

I bought one of these:

»www.lowes.com/pd_146781-40883-KL···_price|0

$40, 110v or 12v. I've only ever used it on 110v.

Seems ok to me. Sure, there are some negative reviews: there always are. But I figured for $40, and my intended occasional use, I didn't have to over-think it. It's very easy to use, which is why I chose this model.



Subaru
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reply to redxii

Just a heads up if it's not already been said, some air pumps at gas stations have a little button on the underside of it (left side) press it one or twice and you don't need to pay for air.

Places around here want $.50 for air.. that BS I haven't paid for air in over 4 years.


Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey

$1 for air around here. Last weekend, I bought the same inflator Dave linked to 2 posts up.


Beezel

join:2008-12-15
Las Vegas, NV
reply to redxii

Same here .75 to 1.00 for air.



Subaru
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Greenwich, CT
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reply to Bob4

That's just nuts..

I'm going to be getting this one when I head down on the beach next year.

»www.amazon.com/Industries-MV50-S···AB9K8DED


Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey

I like the Kobalt one. You hook up the hose, its digital display shows the current pressure, you enter the desired pressure, press start, and it automatically shuts off at the set pressure.



Subaru
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It's nice but I wished the air delivery rate was faster, when you have to do 4 tires that are down to 10 psi back up to 35 it can be a pain.


dave
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The point of having an air pump at home is that you don't let your tire pressure get down to 10 psi....



Subaru
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said by dave:

The point of having an air pump at home is that you don't let your tire pressure get down to 10 psi....

You don't drive on the beach with street pressure...


Doctor Olds
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1970 442 W30
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reply to Subaru

said by Subaru:

It's nice but I wished the air delivery rate was faster, when you have to do 4 tires that are down to 10 psi back up to 35 it can be a pain.

If your tires are that low, then either you need to rethink your maintenance intervals or you own a trails truck and just got back from rock climbing or driving on sand dunes.
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Look above



Doctor Olds
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said by Subaru:

Look above

For a dune ready vehicle you should have a on-board air tank reservoir and compressor to keep up with the larger than normal air volume replacement needed when transiting from sand to pavement again.

Complete Onboard Air Systems
»www.tellico4x4.com/index.php/cPa···44_14760

Or refit a a/c compressor for making compressed air.

York Compressor for On-Board Air
»www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/yorkair.html
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Bob4
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New Jersey

I remember we had a circa-1970 Pontiac that had an engine-driven air pump under the hood, along with a hose long enough to reach all four tires.