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Old 01-02-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Tire Safety Question

Some owners manuals stress that a snap-on chuck, extension and remote gage be used to inflate tires. It is also covered in THIS tire safety video.

I've been filling my tires with a regular inflator marketed as a truck tire inflator for a year. Plus, when I search for similar products, I can't find anything but inflators much like mine.

Does anyone use a snap-on chuck and extension; or, are you like me, and crouched beside the tire?
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:24 PM   #2
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I have two gauges with the snap on connectors. Problem with it is that it won't work on the standard truck type arrangement so I had to put "U" shaped extenders on the outside duals. Works OK but the extenders sometimes rotate. Haven't lost any air due to it but I'm sure it will happen
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Normal minor inflation of an in-service tire does not pose the same hazard as initial inflation of a new tire. If you are adding 10 psi or less, it is very doubtful that a tire will suddenly fail. If the tire has been run more than 10 psi below its recommended pressure, then it is possible that internal damage has occurred.

It is always a good idea to perform a visual inspection of any tire before inflating. Pay particular attention to dual tires, as objects like rocks and road debris can get wedged between the tires and cause sidewall failure.
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Normal minor inflation of an in-service tire does not pose the same hazard as initial inflation of a new tire. If you are adding 10 psi or less, it is very doubtful that a tire will suddenly fail. If the tire has been run more than 10 psi below its recommended pressure, then it is possible that internal damage has occurred.

It is always a good idea to perform a visual inspection of any tire before inflating. Pay particular attention to dual tires, as objects like rocks and road debris can get wedged between the tires and cause sidewall failure.
Michelin says 20% low is the danger point. At that point it's considered as "run flat" and needs to be broken down and inspected inside also.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:05 AM   #5
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I use lock on chuck and 12' lead from digital tire inflator. I doubt I will ever experience a tire failure but no point in risking it when it's easy to avoid.

Keep in mind if you are buying a lock on chuck to use with a tire inflator the chuck must come with valve open. This allows air pressure from the tire to flow back to your inflator gauge. Air chucks are sold as Open or Closed.
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Some owners manuals stress that a snap-on chuck, extension and remote gage be used to inflate tires. It is also covered in THIS tire safety video.

I've been filling my tires with a regular inflator marketed as a truck tire inflator for a year. Plus, when I search for similar products, I can't find anything but inflators much like mine.

Does anyone use a snap-on chuck and extension; or, are you like me, and crouched beside the tire?
i have been using the psiclops clip on inflater for about 2 years. it is designed so that you can inflate a pair of tires at 1 time. it is working well for me.

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Links for lock on open chucks.
Air Chucks - Air Chucks & Air Line Inflator & Gauge Assemblies | MSCDirect.com

Air Chucks - Air Chucks & Air Line Inflator & Gauge Assemblies | MSCDirect.com
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First let me say that I have (and use) the snap on chuck with a 20' hose to the inflator/guage assembly...
When acquiring 6 new 22.5" tires I noted the "mechanic" was using a hand held inflator chuck. I asked if that was dangerous (while standing a good distance away). He said that with one piece rims he had never heard of a tire failure. He changed all 6 tires in 30 minutes so can assume he'd been at it awhile... I still use the 20' method.
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i have been using the psiclops clip on inflater for about 2 years. it is designed so that you can inflate a pair of tires at 1 time. it is working well for me.

Vulcan Tire Sales - PsiClops Gauge - Tires, Tire Chains, Tire Gauges and More... Falken - Goodyear - Pirelli - Roadmaster - Avon
This link shows them as discontinued! I love the concept and want to purchase. Where can i find something like it?

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Michelin says 20% low is the danger point. At that point it's considered as "run flat" and needs to be broken down and inspected inside also.
Michelin(Janet Stevens) calls tires(that have a sidewall PSI of 80) that blow out with 80-90 PSI as "Run Flat".
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Michelin(Janet Stevens) calls tires(that have a sidewall PSI of 80) that blow out with 80-90 PSI as "Run Flat".
I'm in the middle of our weight/tire spectrum, Michelin calls for my tires to be operated 85 psi at 60F and my axle-end weight. Sidewall limit is 125 psi.

Yours shouldn't be too far off, right?

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This was on the truck I used to pull my 5er when I had it. Sidewall pressure said 80 PSI max and I checked them before each trip. Two of them blew with 80 PSI. Tires that are "Run Flat" do not go BOOM and destroy the side of the bed and tail pipe.
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I do as you do, crouch and fill.

If I had retainer rings for the rims, I would consider doing it differently
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just ordered PSICLOPS off ebay. lotsum there. $35 shipped.
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