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Where can I find which gas stations offer free air for tires?

Asked by keny (9 points ) July 2nd, 2007

I can find several websites that tell me the lowest gas prices in my area. What I haven't found is anywhere that lists which gas stations provide free air (for tires). Is there such a list online?

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ben's avatar

Depending on where you live, in could be free at every gas station. I think that's the law in California, but it varies state-to-state. I suppose there isn't such a website because it usually will just cost a quarter (and probably will save you much more than than in improved gas mileage). I wouldn't drive too far out of my way to say a quarter. But it's definitely worth keep them filled.

keny's avatar

You're right - a quarter isn't a reason to skip the maintenance. But for the same reason that CA is requiring that all gas stations provide it - call it the principle of the thing - I think it would be nice to at least know who's offering what, even if it's not required of the merchants to provide.

For that matter, the websites that list gas prices can tell me where to save 1 or 2 cents per gallon, which can often work out to the same two bits per stop. And in my area (mid-Atlantic), good luck finding air service for a quarter! 75 cents is more the norm.

So why the listings for gas and not for air? I'm just curious. I suppose more people stop at gas stations for gas than for air (more demand = more effort put into it), but surely I'm not the only one who likes to know where to go when the need arises, yes?

ben's avatar

You make good point, keny. If there isn't one already, maybe one will spring up soon. Or you could start an informal list (or website :) ) with your friends... Or you could try submitting a feature request to one of those Cheap Gas websites.

carlos1017's avatar

It would be great if it was “just a quarter.” I’ve seen places here in Texas where they’re asking as much as $1.50 for a minute or two of air. (The compressors are timed). There are also places that will actually accept credit cards. I think it’s getting out of hand in “The Lone Star State.”

dwoceo's avatar

http://www.freeairpump.com was wondering the same thing so far this is the only site like that out there that i was able to find. unfortunately not many places up in my area seems like most HESS gas stations offer free air at least in RI anyway. one of those things i think should always be free in my opinion.

Exitor98's avatar

What pisses me off about those pay compressors is that they seldom have very high pressure to say nothing of blasting a tire bead to the rim. They also time out before inflating pool toys.

If you need a source of compressed air you might consider buying a small tank compressor. I bought a Brute (briggs & stratton) model at Walmart and it was cheap; < $100.

It has a large tank (don’t remember size. Maybe 100gal. ) and I have yet to find something that it can’t inflate. Don’t expect to run impact tools but it probably could push a paint sprayer.

It has wheels, a drain valve on the bottom and has an actual oil lubed piston.

It’s so nice to be able to blow up stuff without using those damned gas station wimp machines.

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