View Full Version : Hand/foot pump for tire inflation

10-20-2012, 03:18 PM
Like many of you, I carry around a deflated spare tire because otherwise it would not fit in the compartment. I have had a new foot-operated air pump in with it. I tested it today and found that it doesn't work. Walmart sells an old-fashioned stand-up T-type air pump that works very well, though a bit slow, but it is too large to fit into the spare tire compartment.

Just would like to know what kind of hand-operated air pumps others carry around with them, if they have the same situation.

BTW: I don't want to use one of those cans of "Fix-A-Flat" if I can avoid it. And with no electrical plug in the car, I can't use an electric portable air pump.

10-20-2012, 03:53 PM
Just get a long set of wires and big crocodile clips then you can hook up the electric pump directly the battery. Much easier than a hand pump!

10-20-2012, 04:09 PM
$6 @ HF

10-20-2012, 04:38 PM
Now THAT's a great idea! Randall: Where did you get this? You say $6 at HF... Where/what is that?

10-20-2012, 04:54 PM
Harbor Freight = HF

10-20-2012, 06:08 PM
HF=Harbor Freight. Yes... I should have known. Thank you.

What is this thing called so I can locate it at HF?

And do you have an electric pump you can recommend?

10-20-2012, 07:21 PM
To be fair, it was Yisrael's suggestion; I just happened to know where to buy them.
https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-...cord-66407.html (https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/interior-auto-accessories/12-volt-battery-to-lighter-socket-extension-cord-66407.html)

Sorry, no suggestions on a pump. The one I bought many years ago was pretty much junk and had to be repaired several times; but I seriously doubt you could buy the same thing today if you tried. As I think I mentioned before, I solved the problem by mounting a "compact spare" tire on the stock TR3 rim.

10-20-2012, 08:22 PM
Speaking of cheap tools have you seen the latest flyer?


10-20-2012, 09:26 PM
These work; take my word for it..
https://www.ironacesspeedshop.com/product...ne-air-pump.cfm (https://www.ironacesspeedshop.com/products/harley-davidson/tools-towing-and-shop-accessories/stop-and-go-engine-air-pump.cfm)

10-21-2012, 08:08 AM
Thanks for all the good information. I had no idea these neat tools exist, and will look into them... except for the multifunction power tool!

10-22-2012, 12:14 PM
that spark plug gadget looks interesting but wouldnt you be pumping a mixture of air and gas into the tire?


10-22-2012, 12:16 PM
Not according to the write up.

10-22-2012, 12:36 PM
Here's a description and diagram of how they work:


Basically, the gizmo opens the cylinder to outside air during the intake stroke, so the cylinder fills with fresh air instead of fuel/air from the intake manifold. Or so they say. I've seen one, but never saw it work.

10-22-2012, 01:43 PM
Hey, wasn't Schrader that guy that exploded in the late 1950's while he was smoking on an air mattress in the pool?? I don't think they ever solved that one...

Geo Hahn
10-22-2012, 03:40 PM
$6 @ HF...

Or if you buy one of these for $25 you get that adaptor, sockets and a 12V impact (really only suitable for lug nuts but handy nonetheless):

12V Impact (https://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-1-2-half-inch-emergency-impact-wrench-92349.html)


10-22-2012, 03:56 PM
Truly amazing what you get when you put 2 billion Chinese to work at 12 cents/hour!