JMB RetrofitsEM Tuning
Results 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113

    Can't inflate tyres

    Hi Guys,

    I feel really dumb for asking this but I just can't seem to get air into my tyres.
    Im running Event WL905 XL's on my standard 18" S3 wheels.

    I've tried three different service stations' air machines and none of them seem to make a seal or start sending air, it just sounds like it's letting it out. Tried on all four tyres and it's the same problem. Usually the machine just comes up with an error or a really low psi like 8 and stays there.

    Any ideas?

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    crunchie's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Inverness
    Posts
    865
    The question you should really be asking is - why have an S3 and have Event tyres on it??
    Now:
    TTS, Leon Cupra R, MK2 Golf GTi 16v BB 3dr & MK4 Golf "GTi" 2.0 8v


    Past:
    S3 8P3
    A3 2.0T
    S3 8L REVO
    306 Rallye
    Impreza STi8
    Leon Cupra R REVO
    S3 8L REVO
    Impreza T2000
    306 Rallye
    MK3 Golf GTi 8v
    & more in between

  4. #3
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    Because they came with it and my Falkens havent turned up yet.

  5. #4
    crunchie's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Inverness
    Posts
    865
    Falkens? Fair do's tho if that's what you want to run. Can you press the centre of the valve down using a screwdriver or similar?
    Incase they are stuck shut? Had it on my mountain bike before but never on a car. Are you running dust caps?
    Now:
    TTS, Leon Cupra R, MK2 Golf GTi 16v BB 3dr & MK4 Golf "GTi" 2.0 8v


    Past:
    S3 8P3
    A3 2.0T
    S3 8L REVO
    306 Rallye
    Impreza STi8
    Leon Cupra R REVO
    S3 8L REVO
    Impreza T2000
    306 Rallye
    MK3 Golf GTi 8v
    & more in between

  6. #5
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    I chose them based on a thread on this forum where most people had said go with Falkens!
    What are you running on your S3 mate?

    Yeah I can press them down and air is released. Running caps, which I obviously removed first

  7. #6
    mjr901's Avatar
    S3 Pollution Plus+ Edition

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,785
    you need constant air flow from machine. most from garage forecourts don't do it constantly they blow then update value on machine, then blow again, but by that time air fanished, if they have flat tyre function that might work but doubt it. you need to use the more old fashioned typ where you squeeze it and has an analogue dial. easiest just to go to tyre shop.

  8. #7
    Graham89's Avatar
    Derv Perv

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Chelmsford, Essex
    Posts
    310
    If the pressure in the tyre is very low then the machine wont operate unless you press the Flat Tyre button which bursts air in constantly. Either that or the machine takes a while to update pressures on the little screen.



  9. #8
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    How low are we talking Graham?
    I wouldnt have thought they would all be that low as they have only been on for a few months

  10. #9
    CHEZ's Avatar
    moderately amusing

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    just about, right here!
    Posts
    3,747
    simple but obvious questions are, are you doing it right?
    you are using the correct nozzle on the valve arent you? and not using the upside down side one are you? and you are pressing on fully? and you have got the pressure set right? and you have put a coin in to start compressor? if yes to these i would check your valves to see if they are faulty at all! good luck


  11. #10
    crunchie's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Inverness
    Posts
    865
    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo5000 View Post
    I chose them based on a thread on this forum where most people had said go with Falkens!
    What are you running on your S3 mate?

    Yeah I can press them down and air is released. Running caps, which I obviously removed first
    From what I have read they are good value but there is a difference between good and good value.
    Had Michelin Pilot Exaltos on from the factory which were pretty good but changed to Pilot Sport 2s when they wore out.
    PS2s definitely have the edge over any other tyre I have driven.
    Had them on my re-mapped leon, both my Imprezas, my 2.0T and now the S3.
    They are pricey tho and now hard to get.
    I can see me trying Continental Sport Contact 5s when the supply of PS2s runs out.

    With regard to your valves, if you have tried several different compressors then I'm at a loss.
    Now:
    TTS, Leon Cupra R, MK2 Golf GTi 16v BB 3dr & MK4 Golf "GTi" 2.0 8v


    Past:
    S3 8P3
    A3 2.0T
    S3 8L REVO
    306 Rallye
    Impreza STi8
    Leon Cupra R REVO
    S3 8L REVO
    Impreza T2000
    306 Rallye
    MK3 Golf GTi 8v
    & more in between

  12. #11
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    Quote Originally Posted by CHEZ View Post
    simple but obvious questions are, are you doing it right?
    you are using the correct nozzle on the valve arent you? and not using the upside down side one are you? and you are pressing on fully? and you have got the pressure set right? and you have put a coin in to start compressor? if yes to these i would check your valves to see if they are faulty at all! good luck
    Well there is only one nozzle and im not sure how you could get it on any other way.
    And yes, pressing pretty hard, coin in, correct pressures set.. still no joy

    I guess I'll have to head over to a tyre place and see what's up

  13. #12
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    Quote Originally Posted by crunchie View Post
    From what I have read they are good value but there is a difference between good and good value.
    Had Michelin Pilot Exaltos on from the factory which were pretty good but changed to Pilot Sport 2s when they wore out.
    PS2s definitely have the edge over any other tyre I have driven.
    Had them on my re-mapped leon, both my Imprezas, my 2.0T and now the S3.
    They are pricey tho and now hard to get.
    I can see me trying Continental Sport Contact 5s when the supply of PS2s runs out.

    With regard to your valves, if you have tried several different compressors then I'm at a loss.
    Yeah, they seem to be the best price/performance tyre but I appreciate they aren't quite in the same category as PS2's etc.
    Would you not go PS3 next?
    Any experience with Eagle F1's? They seem to keep winning best tyre awards.

  14. #13
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    So I just dropped by kwik fit and they pumped them up no problem.
    Although when I gave them the tyre pressures from the fuel cap (3 people, light luggage = 39/30) he said that seemed really high, but that's the lowest load pressures listed! I did a search online with my reg and it's claiming 29/31!?
    Any ideas what they should actually be?
    They are 225/40/W18 on the standard S3 rims.

    What pressures are you guys running?

  15. #14
    CHEZ's Avatar
    moderately amusing

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    just about, right here!
    Posts
    3,747
    i always wack 30psi in for general light loads and day to day driving and if a long run is on the cards i.e a fishing trip with lots of load, i will adjust accordingly!
    so in general mostly always 30psi on 225/40/18


  16. #15
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Bucks
    Posts
    161
    Generally you need high PSI where there is a lot of weight.. Audi S3 = front of car, my MR2 turbo is the opposite with 28 psi front and 33/34 rears depending on how you want it to handle..

    Funny that "qwak fecks" found you manufactures settings "funny", that's one of the many reasons I would never use them....

  17. #16
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Oldham
    Posts
    7
    39/30 psi works fine for me.
    Phantom Black S3

    | Dvd Sat Nav | Bluetooth | Black styling pack | light and rain sensor pack |
    | Rear acoustic parking-sunroof | i-pod-prep | BOSE sound system | gsm phone prep |
    |Storage and luggage pack | Privicy glass | MFFBSW | 20 spoke alloys |

  18. #17
    bigyin's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    fife
    Posts
    70
    Hmmmm...... Kwik Fit operator opinion or Audi's own instruction based on extensive testing ............... tough choice!

  19. #18
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    Yeah... obviously I went with Audi's pressures, I just thought a 9 psi difference seemed pretty steep

  20. #19
    bigyin's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    fife
    Posts
    70
    To be honest I thought the same thing when I bought the car. Both the massive difference in pressures between front and rear, and the fact that they wanted 39 Psi in the front, I'd never had a pressure that high before.

    That being said, I figured they knew best and put the pressures to what was reccomended, seemed fine. I then put winter tyres on in Nov, pressures for those are 38/42. I understand the need for increased pressure when using winter tyres, but don't understand why the gap has reduced from 9psi between front and rear to 4psi. Again, they no doubt know best. The test will be when I have them removed in march, then I can check the wear before storing them for the summer and see how these pressures have affected the tyres.

  21. #20
    Khufu's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    West coast of Scotland
    Posts
    5,693
    It could be the lip on the valve sits high. IE the part with the thread is is shorter. This stops the end of the inflator sitting on far enough to make a seal. I had an RS4 in and due to this I couldnt get either the forecourt or the workshop tyre gauge on.
    2003-2008 1998 Red A3 8L 1.8 Sport
    2008 -> 2003 Akoya Silver A3 8P1 2.0 FSi Sport

  22. #21
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    113
    Thanks for the input guys.

    So are most of you with the standard 18"'s running 39/30?

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Tyres noise on 19" tyres HELP!
    By Hendo in forum A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 18th January 2012, 11:41
  2. Are M+S tyres really a suitable replacement for Audi Winter Tyres ?
    By rezulteo in forum General Automotive Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24th December 2011, 09:08
  3. Can i replace ZR18 tyres with r18 tyres?
    By DJM1982 in forum Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 22nd February 2011, 08:50
  4. Winter Tyres; Summer Tyres. Should I bother and why?
    By The Maestro in forum General Automotive Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 26th April 2010, 22:40
  5. Wet Tyres? All Weather Tyres?
    By metricspaces in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 26th August 2008, 08:49

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO