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#4519659 - 09/18/17 07:06 PM Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge?
Gebo Online   content


Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2102
Loc: VA
I just bought a really expensive tire gauge, Tiretek. Been having some vibration issues on my 4Runner. Took it in to do a Hunter Elite Road Force balance. Tire tech said the first tire was at 20 lbs. I thought maybe I have a leak as I'm fairly religious about my stuff. Tire tech took off 2nd tire and said 20 lbs in that one. Exactly 20 lbs in all 4!!! Now, hang on a minute. I got this expensive air pressure gauge!


He put 30 lbs in each tire by his gauge. When I got home and did a check and I got exactly 40 lbs by my expensive gauge. DUH...

I kept blowing my wife off when she said, "It looks like my tires are low." To which I replied, "That's how radials do."

I got one of my cheap pencils gauges and it read 42 lbs.

What is the best tire gauge that can check up to 100 lbs (for the church van)?
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#4519674 - 09/18/17 07:27 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
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It would be the first time a tire shop has had a bad gauge!
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#4519679 - 09/18/17 07:29 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
walterjay Offline


Registered: 04/12/09
Posts: 236
Loc: Maryland
Jaco makes a good dial guage. They are easily found on Amazon. I have had bad experiences with a couple of digital units.

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#4519683 - 09/18/17 07:35 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
bioburner Offline


Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 1418
Loc: Minnesota
I have had two tire shops say that the digital ones are garbage. I have several nice round face gauges and they all seem to read the same when checked on one tire.
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#4519689 - 09/18/17 07:39 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
DBMaster Offline


Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5323
Loc: DFW
I have yet to ruin a tire or not have enough air in my spares (60 PSI) using Accutire gauges. YMMV

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#4519690 - 09/18/17 07:40 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
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Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2566
Loc: MN
You are smart to keep at least 2 pencil gauges around to compare to whatever the shop or your own gauges tell you! One could be off, but the majority opinion prevails. Your gauges were right, the shop's was wrong, but I'd try one more pencil gauge to be more conclusive.

Talking tire gauges are kind of cool. Digital and talking, great stuff.

Another discussion on this was https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4495673/Re:_good_tire_gauge?#Post4495673

https://www.amazon.com/Accutire-MS-4441GB-Talking-Digital-Pressure/dp/B0065J3368
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Accutire-MS-4...olored/46160597
It talks. Love mine.


And, this is a very good inflator (love mine):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J8Y91GC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Edited by oil_film_movies (09/18/17 07:45 PM)

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#4519692 - 09/18/17 07:40 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32637
Loc: ME
I have a dial gauge that got dropped and went 5 psi out of spec. It's repeatable, though.

IDK how the digital ones can go bad.

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#4519720 - 09/18/17 08:08 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: eljefino]
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Registered: 10/30/09
Posts: 188
Loc: New York
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#4519750 - 09/18/17 08:34 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
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#4519788 - 09/18/17 09:12 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
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#4519814 - 09/18/17 09:45 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: thescreensavers]
AdRock Offline


Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 923
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Originally Posted By: thescreensavers


I have this exact gauge. Works great and is very well built.
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#4519864 - 09/18/17 11:08 PM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
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Registered: 07/07/08
Posts: 399
Loc: Maryland USA
Hold on a second- your note is confusing.
you said-
"Took it in to do a Hunter Elite Road Force balance. Tire tech said the first tire was at 20 lbs. "

Then he said all the other tires were 20 lbs. You then talk about tire pressure gauges.

Apples and Oranges ?? Based on the "road force balance" comment, you imply the tech is giving you the reading from the balance. The Elite Road Force balance, assuming its like a Hunter GSP 9700, gives its measurements in "lbs / pounds". This has little or no relation to the PSI in your tires, so its not really a reflection of low air pressure, but the accuracy of the balance, the trueness of the tires and wheels, and any tire tread or carcass imperfections. These imperfections can cause vibration problems that seem similar to regular balance problems, but cannot be corrected using weights alone. Adjusting the tire so that the tire imperfections counteract the wheel imperfections can improve the trueness of the tire-wheel combination, leading to a smoother ride with less vibration.

So are we talking about measuring tire PSI, or road force balance in lbs of force ? I am confused.

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#4519950 - 09/19/17 01:51 AM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Gebo]
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Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 768
Loc: KS
I have noticed that the shop ones go bad after so many years. I have found that the cheap ones are great, I have compared them to the ones in the shop that are brand new and arent off more than a pound. These are the cheap Slime branded ones.
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#4520017 - 09/19/17 06:50 AM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5241
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
My Dad (RIP) bought 2 "rubber clad" dial gauges with a 10" long, cloth covered extension tube at Brookstone (a mall toy store).

He kept one and gave one to me.

It has always jibed with any other pencil gauge I've compared it to and it matches its mate.


BOTTOM LINES:
THE characteristic you want is consistency. AND you want to maintain (check) your tire pressure fairly regularly.

Our family's tires wear straight and even all the time. I crank 'em up for highway travel and let 'em back down when I get home.

You've GOT to own a compressor or you'll neglect your tires.

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#4520056 - 09/19/17 07:40 AM Re: Best Tire Air Pressure Gauge? [Re: Kira]
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2566
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Kira
BOTTOM LINES: THE characteristic you want is consistency. AND you want to maintain (check) your tire pressure fairly regularly.

Notice somebody's post above where they talk about how their's went out of calibration due to a drop-shock. This could be a problem. I think you have to own a couple of different brands of cheap pencil gauges and compare what you've got. Take the average as the 'truth'. Do that calibration check once in a while, especially if dealing with an old gauge or one you just dropped, right?!

Originally Posted By: Kira
You've GOT to own a compressor or you'll neglect your tires.
I finally had to buy a good compressor. I do have decent free ones at gas stations and low-cost good ones close as well, but there is nothing like topping off once in a while with a GOOD home pump. See my Kensun post above; its not one of the cheap awful slow fragile ones.

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