What happened to the gas station air suppplies that a I liked.

Whatever happened to the gas station air outlets where there was a red box on a thick post with a crank on the side that let you set the air pressure in big numbers, and it rang as the air went in and stopped ringing when the tire was at the indicated pressure?
Do they still have these. I couldnt' find one.
One or two of my tires needed air. Paid 1.50 last week at a fancy one that took credit cards and beeped when the pressure one chooses is reached. Nothing came out. Convenience store gave me back my 1.50. 3 days later, device has "Out of Order" sign on it. Today no sign but a guy just starting to vacuum his car. Went to another station, no controls on the device, just a slot for 4 quarters and one of those nozzles that tell the pressure on a brass rod that pops out of the valve when you stop squeezing the lever. Cloudy day, won't be able to see what it says, don't like having to stop over and over to see what the pressure is, go to next station. Same device. 3 more stations, all have the same device.
Back to the first station, no one ahead of me Put in 1.50, set the dial to 40. Do a little bit and the dial keeps going back to 32, the default (doesn't beep when it does that). Set it to 40, still don't hear air going into the tire, don't see tire firming up.
Finally go home and do it with a Black & Decker pump, that I got used. Took 10 or 15 minutes but at least it worked.
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On 2/19/2019 7:08 PM, micky wrote:

They've been gone for 40 years or so. The nice thing stations did for customers is now a money stream. I have a little compressor if needed.
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On Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:23:04 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

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I haven't seen one of those since the 70s either. Probably are some somewhere, at some mom and pop gas station. I agree they were easier to use than the crap things out there now. Many of the ones I've tried to use, the air chuck is so old and worn out, the rubber sealing ring gone, that you can't use it anyway. I have an AC compressor I use here, for the most part.
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In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:44:10 -0800 (PST), trader_4

40 years! Time flies.

There was a Hess gas station in north Baltimore that had free air, but a couple years ago it closed and I was by there today and it's totally boarded up. There were Hess stations in NY, NJ, maybe Pa. and I'm surprised Md had one of the last ones. Chain was sold to Marathon and apparently there are 3 Marathon stations but not where I go very often.
Oct. 2015 Hess gas stations are gone. But you can still buy the truck https://money.cnn.com/2015/10/20/news/companies/hess-toy-truck-2015/index.html

The fancy one that I tried first and last took credit cards, had a digital control to go up or down, reverted to 32, and everything looked pretty new, but I don't think I got any air out of it.
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micky wrote: "The fancy one that I tried first and last took credit cards, had a"
Seriously - a CREDIT CARD SLOT - for a tire air pump?!
This 21st century SUCKS.
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Not if you don’t bother with coins anymore.
And you don’t swipe the card in the slot anymore, you wave it at the machine, dinosaur.
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Rod Speed:
My point was, tire air should be FREE, let alone require a credit card to turn on the machine.
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On 2/21/2019 9:06 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Used to be, if you needed a phone number you just dialed "information" and they gave it to you for free too. Many other things like that too.
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OK, ours, Australia, are in fact all free. Not sure if that is a legal requirement or what. Google is no help on that so likely it isnt a legal requirement.
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Rod Speed wrote: "OK, ours, Australia, are in fact all free. Not sure if"
Legal requirement - for tire air to be free? Not sure about that, but just for a second Rod:
Take a breath... Notice that air is all around us.
It SHOULD be free - in our lungs and in our tires!
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On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:23:47 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I disagree. Installation and maintenance of the equipment for filling tires costs money.
Of course, the gas station could offer free air as a marketing ploy.
Cindy Hamilton
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Angelica... wrote: " I disagree. Installation and maintenance of the equipment for filling tires costs money.
Of course, the gas station could offer free air as a marketing ploy.
Cindy Hamilton "
Then explain why air for tires at stations was free going back to almost the second world war. What changed during the last 15 years?
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On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8:28:42 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

More than 15 years, I think. I can't recall when air was free.
My guess would be that margins at gas stations have gotten very slim. They make most of their money on the crap they sell in the convenience store. It's a way to make a little money from people who don't buy the Big Gulp.
Cindy Hamilton
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On 02/22/2019 07:11 AM, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

https://www.yellowpages.com/butte-mt/lucky-lils-lounge-casino
Townpump and Lil's sell gas on the side as sort of a public service. There is one full service station in town that actually has the ability to do repairs on a vehicle. Their prices are at least 10 cents a gallon higher than anyplace else.
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On Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:11:59 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

I bet you will find these are usually installed and serviced by a 3d party. The mechanic at the old time gas station could usually keep them running but the 3d world cashier at the mini mart can barely run the cash register.
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On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:37:50 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

The cashier at my mini mart appears to be a standard hillbilly.
Cindy Hamilton
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On Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:37:44 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Nor can the spoiled white boy or for that matter half the politicians in the country, regardless of political affiliation.
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On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4:24:59 PM UTC-5, Clare Snyder wrote:

Leave color out of it, Clare! Blue skin, white skin, black, orange, polka dots - we're all living beings! Our shit all smells the same - like SHIT.
We're talking about something that a LOT of us grew up with - free air at most garages and some fuel-only stations, during their operating hours.
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On Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:04:32 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

"I" didn't bring up color. Some other a-hole said "the 3d world cashier at the mini mart can barely run the cash register. " and I just corrected him sayin pretty much what you said - color has nothing to do with it. Don't get your knickers in a knot.
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On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:26:52 PM UTC-5, Clare Snyder wrote:

In some cases, color has a lot to do with it. For example, used to be that you could take a cab ride in NYC and either enjoy quiet or if it suited you, have a conversation with the taxi driver. Now you usually have a Pakistani or similar driver, who's got one of those earpiece mics stuck in his ear, yapping continuously in some dialect to someone for the duration of the ride. I haven't seen a white Pakistani.
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