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    What do you guys use for checking tire inflation? I've bought a couple that are just useless. There must be a company that makes an easy to use gauge that holds it's reading so you can see it.
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  • #2
    I've got this one. Seems accurate, easy to use and comes with a case.
    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/atm-2159
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    • #3
      I use a good quality dial type, not the stick type.
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gjamesk View Post
        I've got this one. Seems accurate, easy to use and comes with a case.
        https://www.summitracing.com/parts/atm-2159
        Their ad says 0-15 psi. I assume it means 0-150.

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        • #5
          Along with all the industrial products I have sold...top brand tire gauges fell into my product mix. However, back then, like most of my customers, it seems that most of us accepted them as adequate. Then, within one week, both my daughter and my wife (newer cars) approached me with questions about a "low tire pressure warning" on their cars? Only then, did it really sink in regarding how I had always trusted in tire gauges? In fact, there were times when I handed them out as promotional items like cheap pens, pocket screwdrivers, and key chains. So, I grabbed a half a dozen I had in my shop and began to compare. Only two of them came close to agreeing on their readings.

          So...I have one like the one from Summit Racing, but it came from a different source. Even then, I got the store manager to allow me to try several of them to check how accurate they were. My suggestion is to do your best to buy one that you have confidence in. It will be great to get one with clear one (1) psi increment graduations so that you don't have to guess. Also, a gauge with a large enough dial so that you can read it.

          Now...for you folks that want something even better...do some research and let us know what the guys in Indy and NASCAR racing use when they claim they added 1/2 pound of air to the right front tire during a 13-second pitstop???
          John Clary
          Greer, SC

          SDC member since 1975

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
            Their ad says 0-15 psi. I assume it means 0-150.
            I think it really is 15 lbs - maybe for those really serious drag racers who want to try 8 and 1/2 lbs or something that precise...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
              Their ad says 0-15 psi. I assume it means 0-150.
              Yeah, sorry, copied the wrong link. Mine is 0-60 psi: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/atm-2160
              3H-C5 "The Blue Goose"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jclary View Post

                So...I have one like the one from Summit Racing, but it came from a different source. Even then, I got the store manager to allow me to try several of them to check how accurate they were. My suggestion is to do your best to buy one that you have confidence in. It will be great to get one with clear one (1) psi increment graduations so that you don't have to guess. Also, a gauge with a large enough dial so that you can read it.

                Now...for you folks that want something even better...do some research and let us know what the guys in Indy and NASCAR racing use when they claim they added 1/2 pound of air to the right front tire during a 13-second pitstop???
                I believe that you know that repeatability and/or similarity are not the same as accuracy.
                That (NASCAR) is all BS because NASCAR no longer uses air in their tires, but they still refer to "air".
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
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                • #9
                  I use a digital gauge from snap-on. It has the dual direction chuck for checking outside duals on the motorhome. Seems to be very accurate, just needs batteries once a year.

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                  • #10
                    The tpms on cars is another cya system first thing in my lincolns manual says to check the tires monthly with a gauge . I have three gauges two new style digital and a old stick style that I havr had for years to tell how old it is Made in USA. They all pretty much agree within a pound . I always check and make sure all tires are same pressure . I also have a Honda air gauge I got in the tool kit from my Honda Goldwing

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                    • #11
                      Thanks guys, I ended up liking the Auto Meter 2160 . I went to the Summit site and it sold for $41.99 plus $10.99 shipping and handling. I typed in Auto Meter 2160 on the Amazon site and the exact same item was $31 with free shipping and for some reason no tax added . I was astounded by the difference; competition today is really a contact sport. Going forward I believe that retail will be drastically changed.

                      Thanks again Guys
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                      • #12
                        I find the big advantage with those premium gauges is the fact they retain the reading until you can get the gauge to a better position for reading purposes. We don't bend like we used to.
                        Bill

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Buzzard View Post
                          I find the big advantage with those premium gauges is the fact they retain the reading until you can get the gauge to a better position for reading purposes. We don't bend like we used to.
                          Bill
                          You are so right Bill, I'm now at the stage where I use the lift to get the car at eye level to wax it; I can bend but straightening up is a big problem LOL
                          Murray
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                          • #14
                            I have tried those digital types and, of course, the old stick type, but the ones I go back to are just a gauge with an air chuck screwed on. I don't even remember where we got them. They do have to be held to the valve stem while you read the pressure and it can be awkward if the wheel has stopped in a bad spot.
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