Tire Inflator as Air Pump for Vacuum Leak Testing?

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Tire Inflator as Air Pump for Vacuum Leak Testing?

Postby Aaron » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:15 am

Would an electric tire inflator pump be a good or bad choice for testing for vacuum leaks? I already modified the fitting to connect to a vacuum hose and it pumps a nice amount of smoke through the rig I made, but I just don't want to blow out any of my vacuum system or anything. I don't know how powerful this thing is or if I should worry about that. Anyone had any experience? I also have a hand pump that I used, but I'm not seeing any smoke come out anywhere.
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Re: Tire Inflator as Air Pump for Vacuum Leak Testing?

Postby underscore » Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:27 am

Is the inflator programmable? On my good one you can set the pressure and it won't exceed that, on my cheap one it can't be set but it has a readout showing the current pressure output. If you keep the pressure reasonable you should be fine.
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