Tire Inflator = Explosive Gas?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 8:05 am

Was thumbing through the accessories section of the Owner's Manual last night, and came across the tire inflator that you put into one of the spark plug holes and run the engine for a while...

- Would that not fill the tire with air and gasoline at just the right mixture to explode?

- Is this not a bad idea?

- Can I not think of another question to ask in the negative? :lol:

Sun Sep 12, 2004 8:53 am

It has a rubber diaphram in it and sucks air through ports in the side rather than mix from the cylinder. It doesn't deliver near the volume of the piston. I have seen old ones that the diaphram started to leak in that would get gasoline fumes.

Sun Sep 12, 2004 8:58 am

Here's one for sale if you need one. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 48895&rd=1

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:01 pm

I used to use those plug pumps a lot in the old days and I thought they worked great if you have easy access to a plug hole. They are a lot better than these 12-volt cig-lighter plug-ins junk that we use nowadays. :o

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:17 pm

Amen to that Johnbron Amen. They were popular years ago. We used to let some of the air out for traction on the beach, Have a party past where there was a crowd, and pump back up for the road in my 36 Ford. Those were the days my friend. Those were the days!
Bill