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How to use portable tire inflator

To use a inflator, you don't need to be a mechanic! you can use a tire inflator knowing some basic steps. I already listed few popular tire inflator that will allow you get a quick solution anywhere you need to inflate your car tire.

  • Identify the Current Tire Pressure:
  • Remove the Caps from Valve Stems

  • Use the Tire Inflator:

  • Attach the Inflator:

  • Monitor the Tire Pressure:

  • Keep the Tire Cold:

  • Replace the Valve Cap:

After completion of your tire inflation, you must reattach your tire valve cap for safety reason.


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How to change the tire on a schwinn loop

It's pretty straightforward changing the tires on the loop. I'm a big guy and the standard 65 PSI tires it comes with are ****. two blowouts already in the rear, most likely due to poor weight distribution. But Whatever the reason you have, here's how to change the rear tire.

1. You'll need to grab a 15mm wrench or socket & ratchet combo. Remember, righty tighty lefty loosey.
2. Remove the rear derailleur gear guard, it just sort of falls off. Store it somewhere safe until you're ready to reassemble everything.
3. Gently pull upward on the wheel once both bolts are removed. Carefully pull the derailleur away from wheel gears as you pull it upward and out of the gear system entirely.
4. Done with that part and the wheel should be out! Do whatever repairs that are necessary for the removal of the wheel, possibly changing a tube, I don't know. You needed it out, now it's out.

5. Reassembly is easy enough. Make sure the wheel isn't fully inflated while reassembling. The brakes on the Schwinn loop are tiny little things, you'll need to pinch to get it past where it needs to be again.

6. Move the derailleur gears out of the way while you move the wheel back into place, then slowly remount the chain onto the wheel gear assembly. It's very intuitive, you'll see exactly what you need to do here.

7. Throw that rear derailleur gears guard back on there, screw on and tighten those rear bolts and bam! Presto change-o! The tire is changed and you can feel a little more mechanically inclined for the day.

NOTE: Changing the front wheel is also a simple job. You'll use the same 15mm tool, except there are no gears to worry about. Cheers!

Jul 09, 2012 | Pacific International Schwinn Loop 7-Speed...

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stering goes it oposit of my turn

You need to raise the front tires of the ground and check for loose front end parts. Grab the tires at the 3 and 6 o'clock position and push/pull. If you feel any play you have worn outer tie rods, inner tie rodes, ball joints or wheel bearings ( if there really bad). If you don't feel anything loose check your tire pressure. The tires should be inflated to around 30-35 psi.

I’m happy to assist further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/jeremy_d728a59f986299fa

Jan 15, 2012 | 2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS New Cars

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We have the 20 inch Huffy seastar and the tires wont hold air, Do I need a new tube? and if so where can I buy them


Sounds like you may need new tubes. Tubes may be purchased from bike shops, most hardware stores, and some big box retail stores like Kmart and Target, to name a few.

If the leaks in the tubes are reasonably small, there are several products that can be squeezed into the tubes to seal punctures - both existing ones and ones that occur after the product is added. They are put into the tube through the valve stem, similar to adding air). Two that I know of are Fix-a-Flat and Slime. Both can be purchased at most hardware and automotive stores.

Changing a tube is not terribly difficult but can appear daunting if you've never done it before and don't have some of the tools required.

Hereare step-by-step instructions for most styles bicycle:
  1. Loosen thenuts that hold the axle to the frame.If they are extremely tight, spray some lubricant on the nuts - a siliconelubricant or even vegetable oil will do the trick.
  2. Take thewheel out of the frame. If it's therear wheel, you will need to lift the chain clear of the gear cluster. To easethe removal of a rear wheel, shift the chain to the smallest gear on the wheelbefore loosening the skewer or nuts. If it's the front wheel, that one will bea little easier. You may also need to release the brakes if they interfere withwheel removal.
  3. Deflate thetube completely by pressing down on the inner part of the valve.
  4. Take acouple of tire levers (you can purchase these at your local bike/outdoor store). You can use the handle of a spoon or similarobject if you don't have tire levers but be very careful, as you riskscratching or damaging the rims of the wheel and/or puncturing the inner tube.Ease one lever in under the wheel rim and lever out the edge of the tire(taking great care not to puncture the inner tube) and pry it up over the wheelrim. Move around the rim about an eighth of the circumference and repeat theprocess again, leaving the first tool in place. Now zip the second lever aroundthe wheel and the tire should come right off on one side.
  5. Remove thewheel and tube completely.
  6. Replace theinner tube
  7. Check thetire wall for an arrow or similar to indicate the direction of rotation - sometires have a "direction specific" tread pattern.
  8. Put one sidein first, then ease the partially inflated tube into the tire and locate thevalve in the hole in the rim.
  9. Starting atthe tire edge closest to the valve, use your thumbs to work the other side oftire over the rim and into well.
  10. Beforeinflating, use your thumbs again to ease the tire from the rim all around the circumference,peeking in to make sure that the tire is not pinching any part of the tubeagainst the rim. When youinflate the tube, if it is pinching, it will pop, and you will have to repeatthe entire process, and buy a new tube.
  11. Inflate thetube,checking to make sure the tireis on evenly and there is no "pinching".
  12. You're now ready to put the wheel back on the bike.
Hope this helps.



Apr 29, 2011 | Huffy Dream Journey 20 in. Children's...

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My low tire light came on so I went and had air and all the tires checked but now I don't know how to turn the light off. I have had the car since 2000 and it has 50,000 miles on it but could never figure out how to turn off the low tire light.

Hello Mattingly.

Here is some information for you regarding your problem.

The Tire Inflation Monitor (TIM) system alerts the driver when the pressure changes in one of the tires. The system only detects a low pressure condition while the vehicle is being driven. Once a low tire pressure condition is detected, the system informs the driver that a low tire pressure condition exist's, whenever the ignition is ON.
The LOW TIRE message appears on the Instrument panel if the tire pressure in one tire becomes at least 82 kPa (12 psi) lower or higher than the other three tires. The message does not appear if more than one tire is low or high, or if the system is not calibrated properly. The system does not inform the driver which tire is low. To clear this message, set the tire pressures in all four tires to the proper pressures and perform the system reset procedure. Refer to Tire Inflation Monitor Reset Procedure for service procedure.
The Tire Inflation Monitor software requires approximately one half hour of straight line driving to complete the TIM autolearn. There are several speed ranges that the EBCM needs to learn the tire inflation configuration in order to have the full capability of detecting a low tire condition. The speed detection ranges are the following:

  • 24-64 km/h (15-40 mph)
  • 64-113 km/h (40-70 mph)
  • 113-145 km/h (70-90 mph)
Each speed range has 2 modes of low tire detection.

  • Monitor Mode 1
  • Monitor Mode 2 The EBCM learns the tire inflation configuration for each speed range independently. In Monitor Mode 1, the EBCM has only partially learned the tire inflation configuration for the speed range and has limited detection capability for a low tire condition. In Monitor Mode 2, the EBCM has fully learned the tire inflation configuration for the speed range and has full detection capability for a low tire condition. If the EBCM is not in Monitor Mode 1 or Monitor Mode 2, a low tire condition cannot be detected because the EBCM has not learned the tire inflation configuration of the vehicle.

To reset (calibrate) the system:
Turn the ignition switch to RUN. Then press and hold the RESET button for about five seconds. The red RESET button is located inside the instrument panel fuse block on the right side of the dash.. The LOW TIRE light will come on and flash three times and then it will turn off.
The system completes the calibration process during driving.
The system normally takes 15 to 20 minutes of driving in each of three speed ranges to "learn" tire pressures. The speed rages are 15 to 40 mph (25 to 65 km/h), 40 to 65 mph (65 to 105 km/h) and above 65 mph (105 km/h).

There you are, this should fix you up.
Keep in mind this system uses wheel speed sensors to calculate. If one of your sensors isn't working your low tire light will remain on.

Thank you for using FixYa.


Jan 20, 2011 | 2000 Buick Century

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problems with the back tires, just got new tires and after about 5000 miles it started making noise again. Mechanic said it was chiped due to light back end.

If you mechanic said it was " due to the light back end ", it can't be right.
Only 3 things can cause bad tire wear.
1. Over/under tire inflation
2. Shock/Strut worn out
3. Alignment is out

Two and Three would cause the "CHIP". I doubt they would design a car with a light back end because you can very easily loose control of the car in the rain. Basically called fishtailing.

May 09, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Aveo

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