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I've been wanting an air compressor for a while (so I can do the tubeless thing on my MTB), and yesterday I took a punt on one at the local dump recycle place. I put a new plug on it today, and the thing still works. Woohoo
The only problem with it is far as I can see is a cracked plastic tube that runs into the pump pressure switch. It is hard tubing, or at least it is now - I suspect it was flexible when the compressor was new. If I take it out it has a brass olive at each end, but a barb at only one end. The ID is about 4mm, the OD about 6-7mm. Anyone got any good suggestions about how to replace it? Here's a photo of the offending bit (the white tube):
It's a cheapo Chinese made compressor, so finding OEM parts seems unlikely.
Most likely it is Nylon 11 a tube of some reasonable strength. The trick with tube is to measure the OD is sold by the OD any industrial hose place should have some. The brass olives may not reseal on the new tube though so may pay to get new fittings too.
No one...Not the Prime Minister...Not The American President...Not an Astronaut...works as hard as my Mrs.
I've found the local Enzed store very helpful for all sorts of odd fitting and hose problems I have taken in.
Can you isolate the tube and fittings (take them off) and take them in with you, or take the whole compressor in the car?
Merida 903 from the LBS
Thanks for the responses. Yes I've got the hose/pipe off and the fittings are still on them. I paid $10 for the compressor and something else at the recycle centre and another $5 on a replacement plug, so I'm feeling nice and smug about how little this thing is costing - so far. I've got to make sure I don't go overboard on it. Still, an equivalent compressor is about $100 bucks new at Supercheap Auto.
Enzed seems a hot tip, but I will go see the others too.
That is just standard 6mm (or possibly 1/4") pneumatic air line.
Take it and the fittings to either Enzed, Pirtek, Festo or anyone who carries fluid power supplies. If you are lucky, they might even give you an offcut of the pneumatic line, but you'll probably have to buy a metre of it (it's cheap). The fittings could be anything up to $10 each depending on what they are.
For the sake of $10 this may be worth a shot if the fittings are pricey. Tech specs here:
Been there, tried that, multiple times. Burned quite a few calories pumping away, but never got the tyre to seat or inflate. I'd been contemplating trying again, when I saw the compressor at the recycle place at the dump and figured it was worth a go.
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