The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 February 2007

Wish I'd thought of this

The nearest gas station/C-store has one of those coin-operated air compressors, and it is cunningly designed to run out of time at the beginning of one's third tire. I took all the precautions I could — removed all the caps first, took all the pressure readings with my handy-dandy gauge, carefully dekinked the hose, and only then deposited the coins — and still, two tires completed, third tire only just begun, and dead silence.

This is the sort of thing that makes me think "Geez, I ought to get a compressor of my own," and then I calculate how many trips I can make to that store for that amount of money.

Posted at 5:23 PM to Driver's Seat


Either that or go to 7-11 where they have free air :)

Posted by: ms7168 at 9:19 PM on 9 February 2007

My adventures in acquiring free air in rural Oklahoma...

Posted by: OKDad at 10:09 PM on 9 February 2007

My dad loaned us his air compressor because we had a tire with a slow leak. I got so dependent on that thing, I was a bit embarrassed when I went to get the leak fixed and it didn't cost much at all. Dad was happy to get his long lost almost forgotten air compressor back. Sears did a good job fixin' the tire.

Posted by: Heather at 10:38 PM on 9 February 2007

One reason I keep doing business with Kauffman Tire is the free lifetime tire repair.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:59 AM on 10 February 2007

I recently bought a Sears tire inflator -- $50, runs on ordinary wall current -- out of the same sense of frustration. Of course, I drive a monstrous Mercedes SUV with tires originally intended for the Space Shuttle, but even if I were still tooling around in my Mazda MX-3, I think I'd have done the same. This way, I get into and out of the gas station with a minimum of pain and delay -- most especially, without the agony of discovering that I've arrived there quarterless and once again must contrive to wheedle change from a surly Pakistani sales clerk without buying something other than gasoline.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 8:56 AM on 10 February 2007

No ATM surcharge and free air makes 7-11 the C-store winner in my book.

Posted by: Nina at 9:21 AM on 10 February 2007

I do, in fact, have one of those little twelve-volt sort-of-compressors that plugs into the usual power point; it was barely adequate for my little Celica with thirteen-inch wheels, so I'm not even going to exhume it from wherever in the garage it is buried and try it on Gwendolyn's sixteens.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:55 AM on 10 February 2007

So I hied myself unto Sears and acquired an air compressor. Price: $50. (I also bought a broadcast spreader and an edger, but we won't discuss those matters.)

(FWP: Did you have the teensy 1.8-liter V6?)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:13 PM on 10 February 2007

That same $50 Sears compressor is what I use until the habit becomes enough of a nuisance to make the time to go to the tire store. As we all know, "free" is a term of art -- I can get my tires repaired without any financial outlay, but the time investment required on my part is a cost in and of itself.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:59 PM on 10 February 2007

I do, in fact, have one of those little twelve-volt sort-of-compressors that plugs into the usual power point

Ah, yes. My wife got one of those once upon a time. When I tried to use it an essential part, made of guess-what-quality plastic, broke immediately. That's why we have the $50 one from Sears.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:02 PM on 10 February 2007