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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-25-2007, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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What ever happend to free air?

So I go to check the air pressure in my tires and decide to add some.

Pressures were down to about 32 - 33 psi.

I stop at a gas station and plunk in my 75 cents, give the handle a test squeeze and water comes shooting out. Had I not done the test squeeze I probably would have filled a tire with some water.

The water stopped coming out and I start filling the left rear. The built in guage would not go past 30 psi so I kept filling.

The sound I heard was not air going in the tire but coming out. The @#$&@#$% thing was off before I even placed the hose on the valve stem!

I would have been okay with that except I just spent money to let the air out of my tire.

I can't believe it costs the gas station more than a nickle per tire to maintain an air pump. It's not even a compresser.

I think I will buy my own air chuck and use the compresser at work from now on.
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

Air here is usually free but you have to go let the attendant know that you need it and typically need to go back in at least once if not twice to get it turned on again to get through all four tires.
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

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I can't believe it costs the gas station more than a nickle per tire to maintain an air pump. It's not even a compresser.
It's not a compressor? How do you think they get the required PSI to fill a tire?
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It's not a compressor? How do you think they get the required PSI to fill a tire?
VERY strong lungs.
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

I remember when you could not get bottled water. It is more costier than gas in some cases now...
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

oh yeah, this is one of by biggest pet peeves, those little pumps are just about useless,i think my daughters 1 gal aquarium pump has more air pressure than those. we have 1 gas station here that has a real air line and no charge for it (although his fuel prices are more!)i guess thats why they dont call them "service stations" anymore
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

I havent used air at a gas station in years. My TJ has a powerful air compressor that I usually use and in the event something happens away from home I have a small air compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter that suffices, though slow. Better then nothing though. john
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

I agree, those cheap station owners that want money for a little air and water. Especially after you buy $60 in gas. I have one solution here in DFW....

Quick Trip. Free air and water for all.
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Re: What ever happend to free air?

More and more stations up here are charging for air, I don't know if it's the stations idea or an oil company policy. Either way, if I need air and I have to pay for it, that's the last time they see any of my money. Unless of course if their gas is a lot cheaper than the rest.
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