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      12-20-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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Foot operated air pump

Anybody recommend a foot operated air pump? Preferably dual cylinder?
I have an air compressor operated from the ciggy lighter, but find it too fiddly to use for the occasional top up. eg. its a *od coiling the cable back in position, particularly as the cable is not flexible in low temps.
Please don't recommend the 'Continental' model (£20) dual foot pump sold by *alfords.
I puchased one 6 weeks ago and the nozzle (plastic) failed this morning at -4deg C. A clean circular fracture. I got my money back!
There must be a good one available in the UK, hopefully with a metal nozzle. All the *alfords seem to be plastic these days.
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Similar here - got a 12v one made by Ring but it's a faff to use (and under the boot liner which is awkward to get off).

Bought a Michelin one (single cylinder - they do a dual one) and so far good.
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I got the michelin one aswell....single cyclinder...and yeah no probs so far...
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Many thanks guys, I will check out the Michelin pump, particularly the single cylinder.
If's its OK for your wheels, I'm sure it will be OK for mine.
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Well I also use the single cylinder one on the Landy which has MASSIVE volume tyres (16" 235/85) and it doesn't take too long to inflate them.

Takes forever using a 20p a go pump at the garage though!
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daft question carjack, but wtf are you doing pumping up your tyres at -4 this morning?

why do they need 'topping up', mine lose nothing for 4/5/6 months at a time. and they're bound to read low at that temp.

wait till springtime, a lot easier
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daft question carjack, but wtf are you doing pumping up your tyres at -4 this morning?

why do they need 'topping up', mine lose nothing for 4/5/6 months at a time. and they're bound to read low at that temp.

wait till springtime, a lot easier
I was running the winter tyres at normal tyre pressures as per the sticker on the car door frame.
However, I read on a Continental web site ( a recent addition?, I had'nt noticed it before.) that with winter tyres I should be 3 psi above normal pressure, so the other day I just had to start pumping!
In fact, I do check the tyre pressures on a reasonably regular basis every few weeks and in doing so one does tend to loose pressure.
I would never leave it 4/5/6 months particularly with run-flats or selfseal. I would hate to think I might be driving down the motorway (on that private section, of course!) at a ton with a nail in my tyre! Would you?
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daft question carjack, but wtf are you doing pumping up your tyres at -4 this morning?

why do they need 'topping up', mine lose nothing for 4/5/6 months at a time. and they're bound to read low at that temp.

wait till springtime, a lot easier
RFT need "proper" checking every 2/3 days Mike!!!!....can't rely on the tyre pressure monitor!!!...
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I do check them every few weeks guys. With a 1% accuracy dial gauge.

They just never lose any air is what i'm saying!!! Not a jot.

The rating plate give M+S winter pressure by the way (mine does anyway)
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I do check them every few weeks guys. With a 1% accuracy dial gauge.

They just never lose any air is what i'm saying!!! Not a jot.

The rating plate give M+S winter pressure by the way (mine does anyway)
Please could you let me know which make of dial gauge you have? Mine's getting on a bit and I'm unsure as to its accuracy.

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I bought this one a year or so ago:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4998850

Not the cheapest, but we buy lots of stuff from RS.

They do a £20 one, which has a bleed off button too - but it doesn't give a quoted accuracy - could be worth a call to see if it has a decent tolerance.

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4998888
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I do check them every few weeks guys. With a 1% accuracy dial gauge.

They just never lose any air is what i'm saying!!! Not a jot.

The rating plate give M+S winter pressure by the way (mine does anyway)
The sticker on the door pillar of my motor gives the same type pressure figures for Standard and M & S tyres size 205/55 R16.

i.e. For 16” tyres 4 passengers is: Front 2.1Bar/31psi
Rear 2.6Bar/38psi

‘Continental’ recommend that for their Winter Contact TS830P standard pressure should be increased by 2.9psi above standard.

I have therefore increased my pressures to: Front 2.3Bar/34psi
Rear 2.8Bar/41psi

These figs do give a noticeably a more firmer ride so on my Xmas trip tomorrow to the hinterlands above the Watford Gap, with 3 up + luggage, I will leave the pressure at these higher figs. I will see how it goes.
Actually, I think I prefer the softer ride!
Merry Xmas to all!!
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I bought this one a year or so ago:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4998850

Not the cheapest, but we buy lots of stuff from RS.

They do a £20 one, which has a bleed off button too - but it doesn't give a quoted accuracy - could be worth a call to see if it has a decent tolerance.

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4998888
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