Air pumps have multiple uses. In this feature, you will see how they are used in an auto repair shop and how to install one. It may inspire you to install such a pump in your own shop, if you do not currently have such a system in your shop.
The biggest perk of air pump installation in your auto shop is so that you can easily re-inflate tires. If you perform tire patching and inflating, then you absolutely need an air pump. It beats trying to inflate tires with manual pumps any day of the week.
Use as Pneumatic Backups
Air pumps can also be used to power pneumatic shop tools. Air torque wrenches and nut removers are just a couple of tools that are much easier and more useful to use when air pressure drives them. If your air compressor or compressor system craps out, the pumps can be rigged to provide the necessary air to these tools.
How to Install the Pump
Pump kits are the most popular option when installing an air pump yourself. The kits include all of the parts you will need, short of a few accessories that are sold separately. If you buy a kit, the instructions are included, and they will walk you through each step clearly and concisely.
First, you have to assemble the pump and its parts. It has gauges that will tell you what kind of pressure you are getting and whether or not the pump is working correctly and effectively. There are valves you will need to attach as well, and these control the inflow and output of the pump. If you need to shut the pump off quickly, the valves are the best way to go. Some of the more advanced pump kits have emergency shut off buttons or switches you can use if you cannot touch or reach the valve or if the valve has become faulty and unable to function properly.
Next, you have to mount the pump somewhere in the shop. An accessory kit will help you mount it vertically to any vertical surface, which is highly recommended. There are additional couplers in the accessory kits that help you customize the pump. Finally, you will need all of the hoses necessary to connect to the pump to make it work as expected. Attach the hoses to the specified output spouts, and the pump is ready for testing. Test it to make sure it works, and then it is ready for use.