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Well I have tried 3 different types of gauges and they all read different. Does anyone know of a accurate gauge that can be trusted?

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I bought a Craftsman from Amazon and it seems to be accurate. About $30 if I recall. Reads in half PSI.
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This is overkill for most but it is the Mack Daddy of tire gauges if u r a motorhead. You won't get more accurate or versatile for under $100. 0-100, psi or bar, .005% accuracy, .1 increments, lit for garage work, etc..

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005V295NK/..._M3T1_ST1_dp_1
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Yup to much $... The auto stores here carry slime. Any feedback on that brand?
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This is overkill for most but it is the Mack Daddy of tire gauges if u r a motorhead. You won't get more accurate or versatile for under $100. 0-100, psi or bar, .005% accuracy, .1 increments, lit for garage work, etc..

Amazon.com: Moroso 89576 Tire Gauge: Automotive
I have that digital gauge. Great gauge, worth every penny and a lifetime investment. My dad, who has passed away now, taught me to never, ever buy junk tools. Yes, you can buy a cheaper tire gauge but it won't be of this quality.
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Yup to much $... The auto stores here carry slime. Any feedback on that brand?
There is a reason the Slime brand is carried in discount stores. Never, ever buy cheap, junk tools with the possible exception of a one time use. I am not saying I have never bought Harbor Freight tools but when I do I know what I am buying and set my expectations accordingly. I don't expect a Harbor Freight tool to do the job of a professional tool. Oh, and btw, Slime and many others sell cheap, junk portable compressors with a built in tire gauge. Absolute garbage and not worth taking home.
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Re: Tire Pressure Gauge

BTW, if you are looking for a cheap, junk, one time emergency use portable compressor with a built in tire gauge comparable to "fix a flat" in a can, Harbor Freight has one they put out with a coupon for less than $5. I buy them half a dozen at a time. Use them in an emergency and then throw them out. I always keep one in the cargo/storage area of my Jeep for emergencies. They are really small and will fit in the palm of your hand. You do have to be careful with them as they have a plastic housing and get extremely hot. In an emergency they will pump your tire up enough to get you to safety. They of course will take a long time to do that and by no means are anywhere near accurate.
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Here's an analog option for a glovebox gauge that will get you within 1 psi consistently. I have had this one for 10 yrs and when I am careful to look at it straight on for a read and I am on a while number it is accurate to within about .3-.5 psi real world when compared to the Moroso.

http://m.sears.com/accu-gage-tire-pr...-SPM7993023229

FYI, the low end digital ones may read tenths but that does nor mean it is accurate to that level.

Best bet is to make your choice and then see what your evic says your pressure is vs the gauge right before you go in for service and ask the shop what they say the pressure is on their gauge and now you know what your accuracy is so you can then "out think" the gauge.

I know this is bordering on over thinking tire pressure but IMHO this topic is the least attended to with vehicle maintenance yet it is quite important for mileage, vehicle handling and tire life. Tire rotation every 5-7k being right there with it.
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Well I have tried 3 different types of gauges and they all read different. Does anyone know of a accurate gauge that can be trusted?
What type of gauges, price, and how far apart?
Consumer digital gauges are usually within about a pound, which is pretty close to the tpms accuracy. If you aren't racing, little reason to spend over 10 bucks.

If you really want an accurate gauge, you'll need a racing gauge that will cost you, and if you drop any of the bourdon tube types you'll now have a very expensive gauge with the accuracy of a free pencil type or worse. You don't need such a gauge for street driving, but preferences can count for a lot.
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Re: Tire Pressure Gauge

I have the stick type and this one. Victor® Tire Gauge (22-5-00881-8) - Tire Gauges - Ace Hardware There is a 3lb difference. I try a stick type from a tire dealer and that one was 5lbs off from the Victor but that looked old and beat up. I showed the tire guy the Victor and he said they weren't very accurate.. I'm thinking maybe this one. I have read good things about it.
http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/...Tire+Inflation
Here is a write up on gauges.
http://forums.edmunds.com/discussion.../x/tire-gauges
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I bought a Craftsman from Amazon and it seems to be accurate. About $30 if I recall. Reads in half PSI.
I 2nd this one - matches right up with the TPMS, and is super easy to bleed air out when needed.
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Link for the craftsman your using please.
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