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Foot pump

  • 07-10-2021 12:02am
    Registered Users Posts: 9,615 ✭✭✭ cena

    Anyone know if these are any good to have in a car for an emergency


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,826 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    I'd look at electric tyre inflators instead, some are driven from the cigarette lighter connection, others have their own power held via battery...

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,850 ✭✭✭✭ endacl

    Electric inflator is the way to go, unless you fancy a leg workout too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,919 ✭✭✭ zg3409

    The very cheap manual and electric tyre pumps can break or bend easily. They can be bought for a few euro from china, but try better models as I have had them melt within 4 minutes.

    I tend to find a local garage with free air, with a digital display and go there once every few months. I have a digital readout on my car if the pressure of each tyre. The cheap inflator is for absolute emergencies as I expect any regular use will cause it to reach end of life quickly.

    A tow rope, jump leads, spare tyre, jumper starting pack are all near essentials along with proper maintenance and checking tyres for damage and thread depth. I have a thread depth dial which is very handy for deciding when to rotate and replace tyres. I tend to replace tyres coming into winter with more wet roads and less grip. I also have free breakdown from dealer warranty and many have it on their insurance policy as say 30 euro extra annual fee.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,554 ✭✭✭ Miscreant

    There was a thread late last year on tyre inflators which has a load of links in it for foot and electrically operated ones here: Recommend a tyre inflator — - Now Ye're Talkin'

    Might be worth a shot looking through it to get some tips. 🙂