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Old 08-17-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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us 66 for about 10 bucks you can get a fair compressor and for 15 you can get a really nice compact slime compressor.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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I never let them get low enough. I got one for under $10 at Harbor Freight but I don't mind putting in 40-75 pumps with the pump. It's one of those ones that's like two feet long with a T-handle, looks like something Wile E. Coyote used to set off dynamite.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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us 66 for about 10 bucks you can get a fair compressor and for 15 you can get a really nice compact slime compressor.
Just remembered this after I posted the last one: Someone I know buys a new Craftsman compressor every year, the $25-$35 one that plugs into the lighter. It has a one year warranty and conveniently dies right before the warranty expires like clockwork. The returns clerk at K Mart is usually too apathetic to ask questions. (Late 90s Camaro with the notorious chrome wheels that don't hold air; that compressor gets used nearly every day.)
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The warning light is required as standard equipment I think with the 2012 models.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Back in 1997 I bought a small air compressor with built in gauge, flashlight, flashing warning light, and attachments for inflating balls. I got that thing from Walmart. It plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car. Always keep it in my trunk. Had a blow out in Dallas and discovered my spare was low. Worked great on that spare as well as regular tire pressure checks. The gauge isn't accurate so I use it to get the tire in the ball park and pull out the pocket gauge to test. Best time to check the pressure is in the early morning hours. It's amazing how many people continue to drive with little to no air in their tire and honestly don't know it's low. I've left notes on cars for them to check their tire. I wouldn't want to be next to them on the road when it finally fails. Person like that would probably slam on the brakes hard and loose control. My mom and wife's cars both have TPM. My 2003 Malibu doesn't have it and I don't need it. That $15 air compressor has more than made up the cost of purchase over these 13 years and it's still going strong.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Guy in Dallas woke one morning to find his truck tire was completely flat. He borrowed his neighbor's tiny little tire inflator compressor. Mine came with a warning not to run it for more than 20 minutes at a time or it'll overheat and fail. That little thing was running hard but taking a while so Tex went back inside the house to see how the Dallas Cowboys were doing. Must have been a good game because he forgot about that compressor right up until his tire exploded. He ran outside and that compressor was still running even though it's plastic body pieces were completely melted. However, once it was unplugged and cooled off, it never ran again.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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My newest car is a 1995... dont have any like that on any of my cars (1972, 1973, 1990 and 1995), but I have had rentals with that warning light... even I knew it meant low tire pressure. lol. People need to be more familiar with their cars and their warning lamp systems.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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One word: Nitrogen
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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Even if it had a hand that came out of the dash that slapped you across the face while a voice screamed, "YOUR TIRE PRESSURE IS LOW!!!!!!!!!" people would still be driving around with flat tires.

Honestly I can't say I'm surprised.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Can anybody explain how the tire pressure sensors relay the info to the dash light, how they will work when the car has 200K miles on it and it is parked in a snowbank on a 30-below morning, and how much they add to the cost of a new car and future maintenance?

Will it become just another light that stays on all the time and you have to put black electrical tape over it on the dash?
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