Air pump on 1989 1500


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Trapper
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Air pump on 1989 1500

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The air pump works on my wing to raise and lower shocks. But no air from pump to fill the tire from axillary connection. (I have the hose to connect to it) I even purchased the last switch Honda had, (local dealer) and no difference! My mechanic said not to worry about it because even when it worked, it wasn't worth much. What's the problem, and is it worth trying to fix it? It is a 1989 1500 wing.


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Most will say don't worry about it, just get a cheap compressor to carry on the bike.
Using the onboard compressor to air up a tire can put unnecessary wear and tear on the compressor.

I used the onboard compressor once just to see how well it worked, and while it did work, it is not something I feel comfortable using to actually air up a tire on a regular basis. I actually have 2 hoses for mine, I bought one after I got my bike, not realizing the previous owner gave me one in the box of stuff that came with the bike.

IMO, I would do as your mechanic says, keep using it for suspension adjustment and find another way to air up the tires.
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I have a compressor at home and normally wouldn't use it unless an emergency. Thst backs up what my Mechanic said. Thank you!
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Check your owner's manual. IIRC the key must be in the accessory position to get air from the outlet. Make sure you have a good battery.

There is a cheat way. With the engine running, if you lower the suspension pressure to zero, connect the air hose to the outlet and then air up the suspension, you will also get air from the outlet.
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I'd recommend just buying a small 12v compressor and carry that. The onboard compressor really has a tiny capacity, and if it were to fail or burn out, it's quite expensive to replace. Far more expensive than the $30 compressor you get from Amazon that will do the job much better anyway.
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