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Floor pump problems9WorCP
Aug 14, 2001 6:47 PM
My floor pump of three years is starting to leak where the nozzle comes in contact w/ the stem. I can get air in the tire but in hisses the whole way through and I cannot get an acurate reading on my gage anymore. Very annoying. I'm thinking the rubber inside the nozzle has worn down over time and no longer can make a good seal. Any suggestions? I hate to replace the whole pump when the problem seems to be emanating from a tiny rubber seal. Who among you can help me? Who is so wise?

PS. thanks
re: Floor pump problemsnuke
Aug 14, 2001 10:51 PM
Yes, your astute observations are right on the money! The rubber washer has worn down and will not seal tightly against the valve. Name brand pumps like Silca do sell replacement washers for their pumps. (The hole that the valve stem is standard, but the outer diameter of the rubber washer, that fits into the pump head isn't standard.)

So, if you have a name brand pump, check and see if replacement washers are available. Otherwise, use trial and error to find a washer that will fit into the pump head that you have. As long as it fits in the housing, it should work.

Good Luck,
re: Floor pump problemsMike Prince
Aug 15, 2001 7:52 AM
I had the same problem with a ten-year old Zefal that I love. The local shop had a replacement hose complete with dual head (made by Topeak I think) that took five minutes to install. Worked great and cost about 12 bucks or so.

Good luck
Thanks guys. Good info9WorCP
Aug 15, 2001 9:26 AM
I 'll head to the LBS and see what they can do for me. Hopefully I can be spared buying a new pump.
Thanks guys. Good infoKerry Irons
Aug 15, 2001 4:31 PM
Even if the head grommit is shot and you can't get a replacement, you can certainly replace the hose for much less than the cost of a new pump. This assumes your current pump is going to hold up and make it worth your while to put on a new hose. You can even just cut your current hose and splice the new one on with hose clamps and a fitting (available at any decent hardware store).