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    having some real problems with 3 different petrol stations air compressors where i live as they are all giving different tyre pressure readings.has anybody ese found this? ive just bought a digital pressure gauge hope this is honest,as my veccys ride is playing up at the moment.

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    Can't say I've ever noticed.

    As long as the tyres aren't flat at the top, you'll be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby-tupper View Post
    having some real problems with 3 different petrol stations air compressors where i live as they are all giving different tyre pressure readings.has anybody ese found this? ive just bought a digital pressure gauge hope this is honest,as my veccys ride is playing up at the moment.
    If it's a digital pressure gauge, then they're very accurate according to write ups in the car press.

    EDIT - meant to say a digital hand held pressure gauge from Halfrauds or similar.
    Last edited by gtr1000; 16th December 2008 at 14:09.

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    I don't trust the gauges on garage airlines either so I bought a digital gauge which showed how much some are out! Previous consumer tests on garage airlines showed the same.

    The digital airlines where the pressure is set on the main unit are pretty good and I've found those to be pretty much correct. It's the ones with the analogue gauge on the actual hand unit that are often waaay out - usually because people chuck the thing around/drop it on the floor so it's never going to keep it's accuracy for very long.

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    all the garages have those new fangled digital compressors its these that have been giving my false pressures,makes you wonder tho as id never questioned there accuracy before

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    NEVER use the airlines on garage forecourt

    1. There calibrated once every million years
    2. They get damaged by other cars driving over them
    3. You should only check your tyres when cold, if you have to drive to the garage, your tyres will be warm.

    For the sake of spending £5 on a footpump and £5 on a decent pressure guage, its not worth risking the airlines

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    I only ever use the airlines at the garage. I don't own a footpump or gauge and doubt that I ever will.

    Is there any significant difference between 30 PSI and 31 PSI, in terms of durability, MPG etc etc?? probably not.

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    there is quite a difference between 30psi and 37psi it just felt like my shocks had been welded up

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    I use the hand held gauge - for under a tenner it's definitely worth having I think. Otherwise, it's hit & miss with anything that joe public is using & abusing daily.
    I put air in with the forecourt compressor and then recheck with my gauge.
    Even a few psi out from what it should be isn't good.
    Yes tyres should be checked when cold, but if you are just doing a few miles at 30 mph down to the forecourt, that should be fine.

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    tps ftw

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