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Old 08-18-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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Air ride inflation

So I went to my local service station to adjust my tire pressure and the air ride pressure but it seems the valves on the air ride inflators on both sides of my 3170ds are too short for the connection on the air hose. This is not the first time this has happened, previously at a gas station. My car service guy tells me they sell something that might extend the stem valves, does anyone know how I can fix it so I can get air in the air bags? Thanks everyone for all the help you have been giving me!
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:20 PM   #2
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I have a clip on air chuck for my compressor and it wouldn't work so I bought the traditional chuck but haven't tried it yet. I have a flow through valve stem cap on my tires, might have to try those on the air bag valves.

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Old 08-18-2015, 08:53 PM   #3
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Not sure where your valves are on your rig. If in a compartment see if you can tighten the nut holding the valve so more of the valve extends into the compartment. If that doesnt work remove the nut and washer pull the schrader valve out and check that the valve will take air without anything holding it back. if itll take air clean the outside of the compartment where it goes in the hole.Put it back together. If it still wont take air your probably looking at a bad valve or a kink in the airline. Both easy to replace and Firestone has a service kit with parts
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:41 PM   #4
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I had the same problem , couldn't get anymore length changed my air chuck and air pressure gauge now carry my own air source and you can use a bicycle pump if needed just make sure it has enough pressure and hose is long enough most commercial air stations won't work
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I use a bicycle pump with a clip on chuck. Mine has a gauge on the pump body. A bicycle store is the place to find one. A few strokes is all it takes to get all the pressure you need. Much easier than fighting a gas station air hose.


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Old 08-19-2015, 11:17 AM   #6
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Is there a specific size chuck I should be looking for?
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:26 AM   #7
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Autozone.

Slime/1 1/4 in. metal valve extenders 2045-A at AutoZone.com
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Not sure where your valves are on your rig. If in a compartment see if you can tighten the nut holding the valve so more of the valve extends into the compartment. If that doesnt work remove the nut and washer pull the schrader valve out and check that the valve will take air without anything holding it back. if itll take air clean the outside of the compartment where it goes in the hole.Put it back together. If it still wont take air your probably looking at a bad valve or a kink in the airline. Both easy to replace and Firestone has a service kit with parts
This is what I did. Works well.

I use the pump in the attached pic for both the bags and tires.

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No just a longer pin in the middle to depress needle valve on air bags easy to find. Couple dollars at harbor freight air gauge the same way
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:36 PM   #10
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Is there a specific size chuck I should be looking for?
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In Bicycle Pump terminology it is Scrader Valve (for size or type of chuck), nicer bike pump will have the guage and the chuck has a lever that locks it on the valve, so it does not pop off, and you can pump hands free.

Presta Valve is a different size chuck --made for the skinny valves of road bikes and now most higher end bicycles(Mtn Bikes, etc).

Many bike pump chucks will have reversable chuck that can work for both types of valves.


I too use my bike pump, much easier than compressor, and only takes a few pumps to top off air ride system, alonbg with having the built in guage.


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