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Accu-gauge tire pressure gauge

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by jdcollins5, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. jdcollins5

    jdcollins5 Senior Member

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    I have the Accu-Gauge tire pressure gauge with the 0-60 psi dial face and the pressure release button. I have had this for a couple of years now and really like the 60 psi accuracy and the pressure release feature.

    I have found out (by unintended accident) that if you leave the pressure on the gauge, without relieving the pressure before storing, that this will cause a shift in the 0 psi position. I have gotten careless and done this a couple of times and the 0 psi return point had shifted about 3-4 psi.

    My wife's tires began to look under-inflated so I started checking the pressure with other pressure gauges and found out that the Accu-Gauge was off by about 10 psi. I have since bought another Accu-Gauge and raised the pressures back up to where they should be.

    I will try to be much more careful and be sure to always relieve the gauge pressure before storing in my tool chest :mad:
     
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    I have a 30 year old Accu-Gauge that's still working great and spot-on accurate. No pressure retention though so its always at zero.
     
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    This is what I use, never failed on me.
     

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    Stay away from these. They can be fairly inaccurate.

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    ^^^that's what i use, how far off can they be? how do you verify gauge accuracy?
     
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    The pencil pressures were all over the place, even though the gauge popped out to the same pressure. I checked it with a couple of Accu-Gauges, which agreed with each other.
     
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    lol, I assume you have 3+ accu-gauges? haha
     
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    When the pencil gauge had a 15lb variance that was shown by two Accu-gauges, that was good enough.
     
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    I have an old pencil gauge that I used for years on my '91 Honda CRX-HF, but I never thought to check if it was calibrated correctly or not. Ooops. Live and learn. :oops:

    However, having just traded up to a 2010 Prius, I suspect it's about time for me to spring for a better tire gauge! :D

    Anyone have an opinion about the Accu-Gages that have the rubber hose (e.g. model H60XA) vs the more compact ones (e.g. model 60XGA)? (Also, they seem awfully cheap on Amazon compared to what I expected. Or am I looking at models that are no good?)




    Also, on one of the other threads, someone mentioned it was important to get a gauge with a rubber boot around the dial. How come? Are the dials easily knocked out of calibration or something? Or is it just to protect the glass?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    I have the H60XA with the rubber hose. It is a good gauge. Just be sure to release the pressure before storing.

    The rubber boot is for protection from dropping which will impact calibration.
     
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    Actually, Consumer Reports found the pencil gage to be the most accurate.
     
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    Reference, please...
     
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    I mainly use an old pencil gauge. Checked it a few years back with a digital and it was in agreement. It gives very consistent results too, ie: if you measure the same tire twice you will get the same reading.
     
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    My son gave me the below Astro Pneumatic 3018 Tire Inflator-Gauge for Father's Day three years ago. It is the best and most accurate gauge I have ever used. Between cars, tractors, trailers, etc. I have a lot of tires to maintain. This tool along with my air compressor makes it easy and quick to adjust air pressure. Drop someone a hint that you want one for Christmas. You will be happy you did.

     
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    I gave up on CR's opinions a long time ago.
     
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    i do use one of these...:s... guess wont be using it anymore
     
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    I don't have one, but I like the Accugage 60XGA simply because it can be operated with one hand. I also have the Milton pencil gauge and the Milton S986 that I like and it is accurate.
     
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    this is what I use since 2001 and still works flawlessly. It is expensive but worth every penny.



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    I dislike digital ones because the battery could die on you unexpectedly and then it would be useless when you go to use it.