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Old 28-01-2013, 09:44   #1 (permalink)
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Default Checking tyre pressures

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?

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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
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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

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?
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One of these has given me good service, don't know how they sell them at the price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Draper-Tyr...item53f2aea751
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Is it possible the wheel is defective in some way?
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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I checked my pressures yesterday on the van and one of my tyres was 3/5 of what it should have been

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?
You could always put some bubbles around the rim and valve, could id a leak.
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You could always put some bubbles around the rim and valve, could id a leak.
Not just the rim and valve, it could have a tiny hole through the metal anywhere.
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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

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?
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.
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