they are pre-set it's a good idea to check the tire pressures after deflation
as from personal experience they don't always hold the pre-set psi from the
previous time they were used.
This could be caused by driving vibrations, while
in storage or simply from being handled.
They are easy to adjust so just
picking them up can change the psi setting and as you might know every terrain
or situation requires different psi.
Expect to have to adjust the settings most
of the time unless beach driving is the only off-roading you do.
These are very fast and can deflate tires by 1 psi per second; the only way to achieve this rate of air pressure drop is by removing the inner valve which is exactly what these tyre deflators do.
First they screw onto the valve (outer valve) until it’s on the entire thread.
Secondly an internal stem requires to be pushed until it contacts the internal valve, once in contact screwing anti clockwise releases the internal valve.
Once the internal valve is completely unscrewed the tire can be deflated by pushing down on the tyre deflation device, remember to stop frequently to check the pressure on the deflator gauge as it’s easy to let too much air out.
When the desired psi is reached the inner valve needs to be screwed back in, be very careful not to over tighten as this can damage the valve and air will leak out. I know this because I have done it myself.
Using these fast tyre deflators will wear the valves over time but hopefully not before new tyres are needed, also be sure to keep the tire valve free of dirt as unscrewing a dirty tire valve can cause dirt to get stuck in the inner valve. Keeping valve caps on at all times will help prevent this from happening.
as in, what's always been around before the tire was invented and even before
the wheel was invented, sticks and stones.
If you forget your tyre deflators at home, there is no reason to turn back as
the perfect shaped stick or tiny rock will always be somewhere nearby when
needing to deflate the tires.
They are free to use but only release air
pressure slowly. They will let the same amount of psi out per second as the
pre-set deflators; problem is one person can only deflate one tyre at any time.
Air Down 4 Wheel Drive And Check Tire PSI.
pressure checking devices:
type of device should be in every 4wd as they are cheap, accurate and can
actually deflate the tires as well.
However as for deflating tires these will
only let out a very small amount of pressure at any time and would only really
be good use for getting the tires down that extra 1/2 a psi your deflators or primitive
deflation stick were not accurate enough to get.
Most tire deflators will not match the accuracy of the tire pressure checking
devices, the same goes for any psi gauges on air compressor inflators.
use rubber valve caps as these will actually help contain any air escaping the
valve if there was a leak.
Hard plastic and metal valve caps won't stop any
leaks unless you’re willing to use plumbers tape every time you unscrew the
tyre repair kit is important to have in the 4x4 cargo, especially if using the
fast deflator devices.
If damaging a tire valve a replacement valve from a tire
repair kit is required.
experience with these deflators:
I first started with sticks and stones, then upgrade to a
cheap version of the pre-set deflator to a more expensive brand.
great but anyone using the fast deflators will always finish before anyone
using the pre-set deflators, as when the psi gets lower less air is being
released out of the tire valve. This can be a pain if trying to achieve psi's
less than 17 as this is where it really slows down.
Now I use the fast deflators which are great apart from the wear and tear on
the inner valves.
This caused me to drive with my front tire as low as 5psi,
I'm very lucky it was a short drive at low speeds as I could have easily have
ruined my tire. After that happened, I have been checking my tires daily and
will be investing in a tire pressure monitor for safety
For more information see Tyre Monitors or PSI Monitors