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Checking tyre pressures

Discussion in 'TECH/MECH GENERAL' started by normanandsue, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. normanandsue

    normanandsue Funster

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    I have been concerned for some time about the accuracy of air lines at garages and would like to be able to check the tryre pressures on my mh myself and inflate them to the correct pressures.

    What equipment do you all use or do you rely on the garages?

    Norman
  2. Jim

    Jim Ringleader Staff Member

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    Hi Norman

    This is a great guage but a bit expensive click
    I have one of these, which does an excellent job it includes the pump and guage, you can set the pressure and go and have a cuppa, it stops at a pre-set psi click

    Once pumped up, these are a godsend :Wink:
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  3. Chris

    Chris Funster - Life Member

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    I checked my pressures yesterday on the van and one of my tyres was 3/5 of what it should have been:Eeek:

    This is the same wheel I had the blowout on in the Summer and the old tyre used to deflate a lot quicker than the others.

    Is it possible the wheel is defective in some way?
  4. hilldweller

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  5. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster

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    Wheel or valve is quite possible.

    Fill a squirter with soap solution and go looking for bubbles. Or stick it in the bath when your wife is not looking.
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  6. buttons

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    You could always put some bubbles around the rim and valve, could id a leak.
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  7. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster

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    Not just the rim and valve, it could have a tiny hole through the metal anywhere.
  8. ScotJimland

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    If it's an ally rim.. yes.. not unknown for them to have a porosity fault...
    very unlikely with a steel rim.

    More likely is a faulty valve stem or you have been unlucky and have a nail in the tyre.. best to have it checked at a tyre depot.
  9. ScotJimland

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  10. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster

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    Crazy. If I went to the post office with that it would cost at least half that amount.

    Look at the price of that digital depth gauge. Digital gauges were £150+ not long ago.

    Local shops don't stand a chance.
  11. golly

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    I have both the Michelin and the Draper gauges. I find the Michelin a bit fiddly to use, you need to get the angle spot on or you loose a load of air just checking the pressure, I prefer the Draper gauge.
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  13. Tandy

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    I used to own a car that always lost air in the front tyres - turned out that the previous owner didn't slow down for speed bumps so the alloys had developed hair line cracks. I had them refurbed and they were brilliant... for a while until the same problem returned. Ended up having to replace the wheels :cry:.
    Not sure how you would check the wheel plus tyre for leaks.
  14. Gunner29

    Gunner29 Read Only Funster

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    silly Q

    how do you know if the Draper gauges are calibrated to the correct pressures? very good value so may invest in one
  15. chesterfield hooligan

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    :Rofl1: always check :Rofl1:


    :Rofl1: tyre preasure at the bottom :Rofl1:


    :Rofl1: of the tyre :Rofl1:


    :Rofl1: as it is lower :Rofl1:
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  17. pat1951

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    Me too - total price £15.89 :Sad:
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  19. normanandsue

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    Once I get pressures stabilised that is my next purchase.

    Norman
  20. ScotJimland

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    ooops.. My mistake... sorry

    I read inc del :Blush:

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