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Old 06-24-2009, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Gas stations, convenience stores, auto repair shops that all have air and water stations but remove the hoses when they close up for the night. Not a big problem in the city, but in a small town, really frustrating.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Usually the only place you can find an air hose at night charges 75 cents for 3 minutes of air. Then the output is so weak it ends up costing 3 bucks to top off all four tires.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Usually the only place you can find an air hose at night charges 75 cents for 3 minutes of air. Then the output is so weak it ends up costing 3 bucks to top off all four tires.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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...Or they simply just shut off the power for thost machines. And whats up with having to PAY for air now??!!
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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...Or they simply just shut off the power for thost machines. And whats up with having to PAY for air now??!!
The answer is simple, it's a 5-letter word that's been around since the beginning of time - GREED
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:09 AM
 
Location: West TN
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My last car had a tire that would never quite seat properly onto the rim. It needed to be tended to once a week. My husband bought me an air pump that runs off the car's electrical. It's so easy even I can do it.

It's a lot less frustrating than looking for a service station with working air. I have a new car now but I still keep it in the car. You never know.......
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Vandalism is a big factor as well. Seems that water and air was a freebie for many years, back when nobody caused problems with the equipment. Then the stations owners found their hose cut or missing, or the water left on and running down the street. Greed is bad but vandalism has a part to play in the cost of doing business now.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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My last car had a tire that would never quite seat properly onto the rim. It needed to be tended to once a week. My husband bought me an air pump that runs off the car's electrical. It's so easy even I can do it.

It's a lot less frustrating than looking for a service station with working air. I have a new car now but I still keep it in the car. You never know.......
Or you can do what I did. I ran a 220 VAC line to my garage and installed an 80 gal air compressor. OK I use to use it on the race car now it inflates tires and balloons.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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My last car had a tire that would never quite seat properly onto the rim. It needed to be tended to once a week. My husband bought me an air pump that runs off the car's electrical. It's so easy even I can do it.

It's a lot less frustrating than looking for a service station with working air. I have a new car now but I still keep it in the car. You never know.......
There is one luxury car that senses the tire pressure in every one of the wheels at a set interval, and will automatically add air if the pressure is low. This will eventually be standard equipment on all automobiles.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Bowden,West Virginia
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My brother owns a gas station, small town. The reason for the rolling up, and putting up is vandalism. During the day it's full service, they'll even wash your windshield-spotless, check your oil or whatever you want. Hard to believe, but small towns may not have the hard-core crime of bigger badder cities, but the vandalism runs amuk. Small town-bored teenagers with nothing to do but try an' be cool for their peers. Somehow taking a crap in a washer fluid bucket is the "IN" thing to do, didn't ya know?
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