DRAPER 68474

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Product Test -

This is the only dig­i­tal gauge on test that beeps when switched on and again when a read­ing has been taken. Draper’s gauge of­fers a wide range of read­ings, in­clud­ing the more modern kpa, which is used on a num­ber of Euro­pean ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing our Vaux­hall In­signia and the lat­est Mercedes-ben­zes. The chunky tra­di­tional watch-style bat­ter­ies that power it are quite fid­dly to ex­tract with your fin­ger, but straight­for­ward to fit. The at­tach­ment that fits over the Shrader valve ap­pears to be made from plas­tic and was quite awk­ward at times to cor­rectly lo­cate and ob­tain a read­ing. Plus, the an­gle at which the gauge needs to be po­si­tioned was some­times dif­fi­cult to ap­ply. How­ever, the re­sound­ing beep at least in­di­cated that a read­ing had been taken and could then be read by re­mov­ing the gauge from the valve. The gauge switches off au­to­mat­i­cally, but can also be switched off by hold­ing down the ‘ON’ but­ton. With no back­light or torch, it’s not par­tic­u­larly use­ful in low light, un­less you have an­other source of il­lu­mi­na­tion.

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