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Has anyone tried to use the air compressor part of the tire repair kit to inflate their tires? My tires needed to be topped off so I opened the kit, flipped through the instructions, connected everything, and turned it on. It made noise for a brief second and then quit. I connected something else to the 12v power and it wouldn’t work. To further confirm it was the fuse or something in the car, I connected the compressor to another vehicle and started it up. It started up and immediately stopped.

Do you think this compressor is just a dud? Or did they source a compressor that draws too much current?
 

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It appears as if you have a defective air compressor that is drawing too much current and leaving you with a blown fuse in both of your vehicles. I would have your dealer look at it and replace it under warranty, and in addition get some spare fuses because you can be sure that the dealer will go through a couple of these while testing. As it is, you have a useless piece of equipment and are lucky to have found this out before really needing to recover from a flat tire.
 

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Is the car running (power 'ON') before the compressor is started? The 12V battery charge is maintained by the HV battery (instead of alternator), and I wonder if there's an interlock preventing 12V overuse.

To confirm, is this the sequence used to run the air compressor:
1 - Turn car power 'OFF'
2 - Select 'air' mode on compressor
3 - Attach hose to valve nozzle, and lay compressor flat on ground ('this side up')
4 - Plug compressor into 12V accessory socket
5 - Turn car power 'ON'
6 - Turn compressor power switch 'ON'
7 - Inflate to target pressure then turn compressor power switch 'OFF'
8 - Disconnect hose and replace valve cap

 

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I believe the problem may be in the fact that the tire repair kit is only for the express purpose of REPAIRING A DAMAGED FLAT TIRE. Inside the kit is a small can of product similar to FIX-A-FLAT that is connected in with the air supply line that connects to the valve stem. I think there is a good chance that since the tire or tires simply need air pressure adjustment and are in fact not flat or damaged, the pressure inside the tire is causing a back pressure to the compressor, preventing it from continuing to inflate the tire. When I purchased my Insight I asked the parts department if the compressor repair kit was one-time-use. I was told the compressor unit itself is still good after fixing a flat. However, they said one would need to purchase a new small can of repair material to insert back in the compressor kit to use if there is another flat. Unfortunately this small can of product is only available at the Honda dealer.
 

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Is the car running (power 'ON') before the compressor is started? The 12V battery charge is maintained by the HV battery (instead of alternator), and I wonder if there's an interlock preventing 12V overuse.

To confirm, is this the sequence used to run the air compressor:
1 - Turn car power 'OFF'
2 - Select 'air' mode on compressor
3 - Attach hose to valve nozzle, and lay compressor flat on ground ('this side up')
4 - Plug compressor into 12V accessory socket
5 - Turn car power 'ON'
6 - Turn compressor power switch 'ON'
7 - Inflate to target pressure then turn compressor power switch 'OFF'
8 - Disconnect hose and replace valve cap

Nailed it. I didn’t read the directions closely enough and only had the accessory power on. It’s sufficient for the other compressor I have in my other car so I didn’t think about powering on the car.

On the bright side, I know what I need to do when I have a real emergency and I’ve got spare fuses on hand. Also, I had no idea about the 12v battery so thanks for teaching me about that.

Thanks for the quick responses!
 

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Nailed it. I didn’t read the directions closely enough and only had the accessory power on. It’s sufficient for the other compressor I have in my other car so I didn’t think about powering on the car.

On the bright side, I know what I need to do when I have a real emergency and I’ve got spare fuses on hand. Also, I had no idea about the 12v battery so thanks for teaching me about that.

Thanks for the quick responses!
I've thought this many times. @insightfully has the entire Insight manual in his head. If, on some rare occurrence he doesn't know the answer, he's no more than five seconds from finding it. I wish my mind was that fast. He's set me straight and has gotten me out of a few jams by answering my oddball questions. ありがとうございました @insightfully.
 
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