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Old 06-04-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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LOL, thanks! I'm actually just topping off a full tire, thus I don't want to spend the 50c on the gas station pump, (and more truthfully the $1.50 worth of gas to get there or costco, turn the engine off, and turn it back on again)
Sponger,

I Retract my last post......Sounds like you just refuse to spend a buck.

"Buy a Bike" and then your tire pump will work fine.

Sell the car and then you can afford to have dinner and go to a movie if you want.

Did you ask how to pump up your tires or how to save money??

Silverfox
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Probably a stupid question. Too cheap to pay 50c for a gas station pump with a bad valve and a broken gauge, can I use my bike pump?

It's the same standard valve, right?
The PSI values are lower than a bike tire (35 PSI for most car tires, 80 for my bike).

Is there any reason a bike pump wouldn't work on a car tire? Obviously the volume of air is higher, so you'll be pumping for a long time, but other than that, is there any reason a bike hand pump can't be used on a car tire?


I've done it many many times. I think those complaining about how hard it is havn't actually ever done it. No, it's not fast, but slow steady strokes will get the job done a LOT sooner than the "wisdom" here indicates. A bike pump is a high presuure low volume thing where as you only need 30-35 PSI but it'll work just fine.

BTW...there are two types of valve stems in current popular use. The typical low budget bike schrader valve also found on automobiles and the presta type valve found on higher end light weight road bikes. There are pump heads that come set up to handle both types of valves.

As an interesting piece of for what it's worth trivia the auto type schrader valve is considered the only piece of hardware that fits all cars going back to way before H.Ford.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Unless you don't have room for it, get a ~1hp "regular" air compressor at Sears or similar. Get one with wheels - you will wonder how you ever got along without it - if you are at all into DIY, that is.
Great advice, M3 . . . I did just that about a year ago and my only regret is I didn't do it sooner.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Sponger,
..."Buy a Bike" and then your tire pump will work fine.

...Sell the car and then you can afford to have dinner and go to a movie if you want.

...Did you ask how to pump up your tires or how to save money??

Silverfox
Your retraction is acknowledged.

Actually, I did not ask "how to pump up tires" or "how to save money" but rather "Can you inflate an automobile tire with a bike pump?"

So, the suggestions that I buy an electric pump, sell my car, buy a bike, etc. will be ignored by me. Maybe they'll help somebody else who is in a different situation.

...

Thanks to those who answered my question. I've got a schrader valve attachment on my hand pump, as that's the only valve on my bikes or car.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I would figure that the efficiency of the pump would drop off as it heats up though.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Once upon a time, I saw a banner sign in front of a Firestone shop/store. From then on, I've been going there to check my tires and to add air if needed. They ended up getting some of my business from then on.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Once upon a time, I saw a banner sign in front of a Firestone shop/store. From then on, I've been going there to check my tires and to add air if needed. They ended up getting some of my business from then on.
Great idea, Brian . . . that's why so many Tire Shops offer "free air checks" nowadays.
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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Here's an idea; go to a truck stop and buy an air hose with an air chuck at one end and a trailer air connection at the other. (cost: about $30) Then you can just pull into a truck stop and ask some friendly trucker if you can hook your hose to his truck's air brake system..voila! 120 or so psi to inflate your tires!
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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Default not stupid at all (no income)

I have no income or have not invested in a DC volt or other type pump with a motor. So my son's car is in the driveway on PNO (non-op registration) while in Army training. So I cannot drive it (and other reasons). I only want to check and bring to right levels or top off. Why are there such sarcasm with some forumer's? Questions can be answered respectfully and do they really know why the question is asked?? Thank You for respectful answers.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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If you had a really good bike pump it wouldn't be so hard....but a really good bike pump would cost you well in excess of what you could buy a decent electric inflator for.
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