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12v tire inflator from Sears

Posted in cars, Uncategorized with tags , on October 1, 2017 by marksun


Price:  ~ $60.

10/1/2017 I really dislike putting air in the tires at crowded gas stations after the tire pressure light goes on.  It’s no longer free.   I used to be able to use the air stations at Fort Shafter where I worked but now, retired, it is a drive down to Kamehameha Highway , now one, 10 mile-long pothole, as Honolulu build’s its rail system, and one of the reasons the tire pressure lights have been going on.  ( ok sure – possible slow leaks in the tire that need attention )

Got one of these from Sears .  So far so good after one use to boost pressure on four tires on a Prius from 25 to 35 psi.  This took about two minutes on each tire.  I like the air-tight screw in  attachment design better than clip on levers or even standard gas station inflators.  The pressure gauge is quite accurate.

Hope it lasts long enough for me to say it was worth the money.  It does not get much use!


Slow Leak on the Michelins

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 23, 2015 by marksun

May 23 2015.  The Buick developed a slow leak couple of weeks ago that caused the tire pressure gage alarm to come on.   The mechanic said fill all the tires to 35 psi and watch.   Took a couple of weeks actually to identify the tire – right front- and find the nail (1″ flathead tack).  Took it in today (Saturday), and while I waited, the mechanic asked me to turn the wheel, saw the nail, drew it out, replaced it with an awl and worked it in (maybe 1/8″ or slightly bigger).  Then tire patch material, a strip of rubberlike tape 1/8″ wide and 5″ long doubled over, covered with some kind of clear sticky dope, and with another awl-like tool, worked the patch into the hole until 1/4″ was sticking out – which he clipped off.   $20.

The  roadwork in the neighborhood has steel plates and patches everywhere and just beating the crap out of tires.  Mine have chunks missing from thread edges, especially on the outside of the tire contact patch.  “Michelin has that problem” was what the mechanic said about the problem.