Tyre Pressure Gauges

Just your normal general chatting in here..

Moderator: Moderators

Post Reply
trufflehunt
3.0 24v
Posts: 504
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:15 pm
Location: Axbridge, Somerset

Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by trufflehunt » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:59 pm

For about 30 years, up until about the time I bought my 406 in 2012..., I owned a traditional pressure gauge..
a PCL ( Pneumatic Components Ltd ) pencil type, with the sliding column that the pressure pushes out.

Then I thought.., time to go digital, so bought a £6 no brand item on eBay.
In use, I wasn't convinced about the accuracy, so thought, well, I'll try one from Halfords.

So from Halfords I bought their own brand digital, shaped like a small brick, cost around £10. ( Still a current model ).
In use, that seemed to match the pressures that the £6 no-name showed, so I reckoned they must be
reasonably accurate after all.

The cheapie lasted about a year before it started to show signs of distress, trying to get the thing switched on
became a pain, even after trying a new ( £2.50 ) battery. Eventually I binned it.

After another year or so, the Halfords one began to deteriorate, difficult to switch on, several goes required
to register a reading when applied to the tyre valve. Anyway, I persevered with it till a few weeks ago, when it
died completely.

So this time, I decided to go for a PCL digital model, on the basis that PCL is a British company, since the last 70 years,
they've made air pressure devices, have a good reputation, and the digital model had received very good reviews , in for example.
Auto Express.

So that was £10. In use, it feels clumsy in the hand, as you hold it, this almost obscures the display, and trying to get
a consistent reading seems to be hit and miss.

I'm almost at the point of returning to a good quality pencil type (PCL), I've become cheesed off with digital gauges.

Anyone else have experiences... ?
2002 VW Golf 1.9 TDI (100 bhp)
1993 Mazda MX5 Mk1 1.6
2000 "W" HDI 110 Executive Saloon (Recycled).

dirtydirtydiesel
3.0 24v
Posts: 1279
Joined: Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:02 pm
Location: Coalville, Leics.

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by dirtydirtydiesel » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:42 am

Yup,

I'm still on my PCL pencil gauge too, mine is at least 30 years old as it was my dad's first :roll:
2002 110 HDi estate, Rapier in monaco blue! ( found quite a bit more power :cheesy: )
1999 3.0 V6 SE coupe in Diablo Red ( my baby )
2006 206 1.4 16v sport in Aegean blue ( wife's shopping trolley :roll: )

pp2000 owner / user, can offer Diagnostic's / fault code, reading / clearing for beer tokens in Leicestershire.

caprixpack
2.0 16v
Posts: 142
Joined: Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Location: Cumbria

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by caprixpack » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:05 am

Still using a Dunlop pencil gauge from the 60s, its still working fine so haven't replaced it.
1984 924 2.0 n/a crystal Green - The daily
2005 VW Passat tdi 130 Highline, now 170bhp & 290ft/lb
2000 Peugeot 406 2.0 hdi - stood for 4 years, fresh mot and mostly working.

User avatar
rwb
3.0 24v
Posts: 2519
Joined: Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:53 pm
Location: Yorkshireman exiled in Salop
Contact:

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by rwb » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:17 pm

Pencil gauge here too.b

R-plate 406 1.9 TD LX (1 year) | 02 406 2.0 HDi (90, Siemens) GLX+nav (8 years) | 07 407 2.2 HDi GT (since 2013) | 307cc 2.0 180 | Map of PeugeotForums users offering PP2k

PeterN
3.0 24v
Posts: 1432
Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:04 pm
Location: Charmouth, Dorset

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by PeterN » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:51 am

I had the garage type PCL for some years but eventually water got into it and I couldn't read the scale. I replaced it with a cheapie from ebay which has lasted very well but the tyre connector has never been much good, you need several goes to get it to seal and the PSI reading which is on the inner ring has faded so you can hardly read it, difficult to read anyway so I have just replaced it with another cheapie that looks good from ebay. It has a valve connector on a stalk so you have something to get hold of an apply some pressure, it also has the PSI reading on the outer ring in black and is much easier to read. I haven't used it yet, I will let you know what its like when I have.

Peter

PeterN
3.0 24v
Posts: 1432
Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:04 pm
Location: Charmouth, Dorset

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by PeterN » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:51 am

Sorry about that.

User avatar
Welly
The moderator formally known as Welton
Posts: 14623
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:52 pm
Location: East Midlandfordshire

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by Welly » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:31 am

I was bought one of these by my boss years ago, works very well and it gets really thrown about with other tools.

Image
Cars in my care:

2005 Volvo S40 T5 a bit pampered
2010 Citroen C4 1.6 HDi turbo de' explosions
2010 Renner Twingo refreshingly simple

stevewalsh
2.0 16v
Posts: 108
Joined: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:30 am
Location: SW France

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by stevewalsh » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:09 pm

Tyre Pressure gauges

My favourite subject, I have to admit I am OCD on tyre pressures, I have at least 6 pressure gauges and usually check all of mine on a Saturday morn if not away working.
Wife thinks I am a bit crazy
I check
2 cars, including spares
2 motorcycles
2 cycles
1 ride on mower
2 wheel barrows
And 1 sack truck.... (very OCD)

I have 2 Snap on pencil type gauges, had them for years and they live in each car, I check them occasionally against each other and against my other gauges, Analogue dial type, they always read the same, so I assume they are correct.. I recently bought 2 from Tacklife, Dial type analogue..https://www.tacklifetools.com all their stuff seems good quality, Also got welding mask and a OBD Code reader from them. Very happy with the quality

Got to go, Pressure gauges need cleaning :evil: :evil: :evil:

User avatar
Welly
The moderator formally known as Welton
Posts: 14623
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:52 pm
Location: East Midlandfordshire

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by Welly » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:23 pm

It must be the lorry driver in you, it's very sensible to keep TP's in check, I still adjust my pressures for motorway driving and fully loaded etc, it might seem OTT to some but I've never had a tyre let go at 80MPH etc etc....

Plus Steve if you ever needed that sack truck in a hurry you'll be good to go :lol:

Makes me laugh when I see amateur cyclists riding with squishy tyres; it makes it so much harder work :roll:
Cars in my care:

2005 Volvo S40 T5 a bit pampered
2010 Citroen C4 1.6 HDi turbo de' explosions
2010 Renner Twingo refreshingly simple

stevewalsh
2.0 16v
Posts: 108
Joined: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:30 am
Location: SW France

Re: Tyre Pressure Gauges

Post by stevewalsh » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:47 am

Not sure when I became so obsessed with pressures and condition of tyre's, but it is not a bad thing, I also only check them early in the morn before the sun starts to increase the pressures.. Out here in the hot sunshine, they can differ by 10 psi from sun to shade... Always makes me wonder about people checking them on motorway services when they are very hot.

Post Reply