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Jan 30, 2002 (8:12 am)
Is the radio shack digital gauge the same as the accutire? They look almost identical.
Jan 31, 2002 (3:58 pm)
I bought a pencil type gauge years ago. It was a Camel and came highly rated by CR. I tested against my new digital gauge and they both got the same results. I am happy to say that I did not have to wear special gears while testing... thank you for you time!
Oh.. I do prefer the digital better even though the pencil is almost as accurate since the digital is within .5 psi. The battery of the digital should last for thousand of uses.... I won't be around to verify that though.
Jan 31, 2002 (8:27 pm)
Batteries wear out whether used or not. At the end of their lives, they have a downward curve of voltage loss that will adversely affect accuracy. Electric instruments are delicate compared to pneumatic instruments.
I'll stick with the metal cased old style gauges.
#31 of 77 tire guages
Feb 01, 2002 (4:00 pm)
What do you expect for a tool that only cost $1, $4, or even $12. An accurate air pressure guage is gonna cost $50-$75. On a daily driven street car or pick-up 2 or 3 pounds isn't going to make any noticable difference in performance. The important thing is that all 4 tires are the same pressure. Buy a cheap $4 stick guage and forget about batteries. If all 4 tires are 2 pounds too high or 1 1/2 pounds too low, the average person will never be able to tell the difference. As long as all 4 tires are the same that's all that's important. I have learned through experence at the race track never barrow your friends guage. I only set up my race car with my guage not to say it is accurate, but a guage that is 1 pound off will always be 1 pound off.
Feb 21, 2002 (1:42 pm)
I've seen tire gauges that can be off by as much as 3psi. Imagine someone driving with 26psi. Boy! That sure helps the fuel economy of the car, not to mention tire wear.
As for battery in a digital gauge, the one that I have said "You observe "L" on the display. the power supply has been depleted. Return to factory for free replacement...." anywway, I am sure that they set it to stop measuring when the battery is too low. Observe the same behavior in your cordless phone or whatever....
Mar 27, 2002 (6:49 pm)
I bought one of these. I have problems getting it to fit properly on the stem many times. My old tire gauge, the kind that has the rod that pops out showing the pressure, will almost always fit right. Most of the time with the Accutire, it will work the way when you want to reset it - that is, don't fit it on tight, just enough to get some air to set the reading to zero - that is not what I want most of the time - I want it to fit squarely on the stem so I can check the pressure. Is there some trick with this gauge?
#35 of 77 Accutire MS4000 on Sale at Sears
Mar 28, 2002 (3:38 am)
I bought the Accutire MS4000 at Sears this week on sale for $16.99. Regular retail is $32.99. They have the less expensive model(s) on sale for $9.99.
The 4000 works very well for me. It has a digital readout that shows 1/2 lb increments.
#36 of 77 I didn't know the Accutire digital gauge is this highly-rated
Jun 09, 2002 (12:27 pm)
My wife gave one to me last Christmas. I didn't realize it is such a gem. One question though, how does the lifetime warranty on the battery work? You can't take the gauge apart to replace the battery. So does that mean Accutire will give you a new gauge should the battery run out in your lifetime?
Jun 10, 2002 (3:35 am)
that's the way I understand it.
* Latest technology in digital air-pressure measurement delivers precision accuracy
* Large backlit LCD display lights up for nighttime viewing
* Accurately measures 5 to 99 psi in 1/2-pound increments
* Runs off a Lifetime Lithium battery and automatically shuts off
* 5 year warranty
The battery is meant to last a "lifetime", and the gauge is guaranteed for 5 years against defects in manufacture.