ARB compressor not doing the job - need some advice on another one please.

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The ARB compressor I have has never been good. I think it's the CKMA12 - blue body with small reservoir on top.

After a few minutes it would always cut out. I thought the pressure switch was dodgy and replaced it a few times. It now seems like the problem is because the compressor is getting too hot and cutting out.

We're about to go out to Marree, Birdsville, Mt Isa etc for about eight weeks and I'll need to use the compressor a bit. I'm not confident that the one I've got will do the job when I need it so I'm looking for suggestions on what other compressors might be suitable to put the air back into the Landcruiser tyres.

regards

John
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 19:51

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 19:51
Hi jdbb

I got mine from Derek at ABR Sidewinder, an advertiser on this site. Though I haven't had to use it much, last time we were out, it pumped up my and my mates tyres from 15psi to 35 psi without a rest (8 tyres, 265/75/16's).
Click on Directory tab up the top of the page, and have a look around the Sidewinder website.
Derek is good for advice too, very helpfull.

Good luck

Dave

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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 20:23

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 20:23
I've also got the one from Derek. A great compressor and excellent value for money. Put it on your list for consideration.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 21:49

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 21:49
I'll go along with that too, Derek does a good deal on a great compressor.

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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 21:01

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 21:01
Hi there. Not pretending to be an expert, but my own experience says the voltage available to the compressor is crucial. I have a simple compressor that does not like low voltage (e.g. powered from the aux batteries without the engine running) but runs happily all day from the cranking battery with the engine running.
So all I can say is have you tried to run your compressor from the cranking battery and with the engine running, to pump up at least one set of four tyres from 18 psi to more normal pressures??
Just a thought
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Follow Up By: jdbb - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:01

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:01
Thanks for the replies.

You might be right about the voltage Chris, both my batteries are close to dead and I'm putting in new ones today. I'll give the compressor a go with the engine running next time. If that doesn't work then it's off to Derek for a new one.

regards
John
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Follow Up By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:45

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:45
They always go better no matter the brand, with some charge in the batteries and/or the engine running. If you let batteries go 'close to dead' you will find the next ones the same John.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:54

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:54
Nothing wrong with ours. Does the tyres without a hitch. It does get hot but hasn't been a problem.

If its still under warranty go and see them. I doubt it is as you have been working on it. But you never know.

Phil
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Reply By: howesy - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 09:41

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 09:41
I bought an ebay chinese special copy twin piston with a supposed 150L/min flow rating (who knows) but it did do my cruiser the Pajero and a daihatsu rocky all in sucession without a rest from arond 20psi to 40psi on the last camping trip. its had heaps of use and I swear by it.
So I guess its luck of the draw.
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Reply By: Outa Bounds - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 21:14

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 21:14
When we had air compressor issues (hubby mounted it in the car) we found the problem was due to it not being earthed properly. Doesn't sound to be your likely cause though.
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 23:46

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 23:46
Hi John,
While I am not able to make comment on the ABR compressor, I hope the following will give some useful information.
It has been posted before and is up dated from time to time.
Gauge & compressor info

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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Reply By: Member - Alex K (NSW) - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 18:27

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 18:27
http://www.warn.com/truck/air-compressors.shtml

next good pay and i'm going to get one of these.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 19:54

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 19:54
John
I have an American and a Chinese compressor - both are good, but most are made in China, that is the ones I’ve compared at ARB, ABR, Autocheap etc. Use them with the engine running and they will run cooler. Use them connected close to the battery. If you run them on extension cords they will run hotter – check the voltage (at the compressor not the battery) as you risk burning them out at low voltage. Run them to their duty rating ie one of mine has a continuous rating whilst the other has a 40 minute rating.
Regards Dennis
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