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    Question Car Tyre Pump

    Hi Folks,

    I'm in the market for a car pump which is good and accurate.

    I normally use the air pumps at local petrol stations etc. However, I have now had 2 sets of tyres needing to be replaced a little earlier due to an uneven wear rate in the middle of the tyre which I'm told is due to overinflation. My car tyres require 35 psi. I have always set them to this and check monthly. Are supermarket air machines unreliable?

    So I want something I can use at my home regularly that is accurate. Any recommendations?

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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    If over-inflation is the issue then buy a cheap but accurate gauge (Ring RTG4 about £7) and just adjust after you've inflated at a supermarket.

    Otherwise I use a Michelin foot pump. Reviews in the car mags say it's accurate, but build quality isn't the greatest (the weld on one failed, my second has a cheap valve connector that's not going to last all that long).

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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    I use one of these : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Automo.../dp/B07MVVMCBD

    It's fairly accurate
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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    If over-inflation is the issue then buy a cheap but accurate gauge (Ring RTG4 about £7) and just adjust after you've inflated at a supermarket.

    ....).
    That.

    I bought a pretty cheap (well, see note) gauge about 40 years ago. I think it was Masta (or Master)??? Can't remember without going and looking.

    Why? A relative was a specialist police driver (a bit like the modern "intercepters" but with less juicy cars than now) and it was what he used and recommended. It wasn't one of those 'sliding tube' things (I was warned off those, but they might be better now), but a proper round gauge with a needle.

    What nailed it on for me was that police relative pointing out that my (and my family's) lives depended on about 6 square inches of tyre on each corner of the car, and decent brakes. Never, ever, ever mess about with or cost-cut on either of those, was his advice.



    Note ; It wasn't especially "cheap" for a gauge, but was compared to the cost of unnecessarily replacing even one tyre due to over or under inflation. IIRC, it was about £30, which was about 10x the tube type, back then. Still got it now, and it still works well.
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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000VZ8S26

    Tenner, job done and its one i have had for a while now.



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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    I use a:

    https://www.halfords.com/tools/garag...or-538761.html

    and it has been reliable and accurate (comparable with garage pumps), used monthly on my own car and work van for the past 3 years.

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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    I use one of these : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Automo.../dp/B07MVVMCBD

    It's fairly accurate
    I've got the same one, and the wife's car's got the previous model, both pretty accurate, and can be had on deals every now and then...

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    Re: Car Tyre Pump

    I got one as got fed up of paying 50p every time I wanted to check the air and anytime I seem to want to do the air there is always a queue
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