We talked about bikes in the motocross world on the homepage when we started this site, but our tyre pumps go a lot further than motocross bikes, push bikes and motorcycles.
The vast majority of customers are actually needing a pump for their vehicles, which is the subject of our thoughts today. When you’re travelling at 70mph on the motorway in the UK, you’ll want to be confident that your vehicle is in great condition.
Suddenly losing tyre pressure at high speed isn’t fun, that’s for sure, and in fact is incredibly dangerous. If you ever find yourself in that situation, you’ll quickly learn how tough it is to bring the car to a controlled stop. Most times, though, it’s not a sudden loss of pressure people experience, as modern cars have something called TPMS.
TPMS is short for tyre pressure management system, and works with technology built into the wheels themselves. There are two main types of TPMS, one which monitors the number of revolutions your wheels make in a given time period, and the other uses actual pressure sensors inside the tyres.
The first works because a wheel’s diameter reduces if there’s more than a tiny loss of pressure, meaning that the wheel has to rotate more times over a given distance, and will also revolves at a different rate to before the pressure loss and also at a different rate to the other wheels. It’s that difference in performance that’s important, because it’s rare that all four tyres will have exactly equal pressure. Over time, the vehicle’s TPMS will log and analyse the rate (for example revolutions per minute) of each tyre, and calculate the number of times over a given distance. if there’s more than a slight change, you’ll get a warning via the dashboard about the change.
The second is much easier to understand – the car simply takes regular pressure readings and alerts you to changes. Again, each wheel is treated individually, but some vehicles are capable of telling you exactly which wheel is needing attention, whereas others just tell you that there’s a problem with one of the four.
Regardless of the system your vehicle uses, if you’ve lost pressure you need to take action – cars haven’t yet got to the point where they can pump up their own tyres!
You’ve got two options for that – either find a petrol station, or carry a pump with you. We carry the Ring RTC1000 in our cars and recovery trucks as they’re really quick to use and highly reliable. You can learn more about them in this Car Tyre Inflator review of the Ring RTC1000. you’ll also notice they cover a lot of other pumps too, so if that’s out of your budget, it’s better to have a cheaper model than none at all.
Tyre pumps aren’t going to solve a blowout, as you’ll be needing the spare wheel fitting in that case. If you need our help give us a shout, but your breakdown cover will be happy to rescue you too if you find yourself stranded.