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Old 03-19-08, 07:11 AM
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Topeak Joe Blow Deluxe foot pump dead

I recently tried to inflate my old fred bike tires and found that no air would come out of the pump no matter how fast or slow i pumped. I looked around to find a guide on taking it apart, guessing that perhaps some gasket had dried up, but didn't find anything except a post on here about a different kind of pump, which wasn't close enough to mine to help.
Can anyone suggest how to resurrect the thing? There is a large hex nut at the bottom, but I don't presently have a tool that big for removing it, and will wait to hear from people here if it is the best place to start. I took out a small hex stopper near the air guage at the top and put a drop of oil in there, no difference. There is also what seems like 2 very small flat screws on the top but at first try, I was not able to take these off, which I had hoped would have allowed me to unscrew the top of the cyclinder cover off.
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Old 03-19-08, 08:03 AM
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My pump looks like this one, the Joe Blow Pro.


If yours look the same or is put together similarly then post #37 in this previous thread may help. I wrote about taking it apart and what I thought could be worked on if needed. I think there is information in the thread about customer support too.
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Old 03-19-08, 08:26 AM
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When you say no air comes out while pumping, is the hose attached to a valve stem or are you checking for air flow out of the end of the hose while it is unattached?

A pump I have seemed to put out no air when the hose was attached to a valve stem. No pressure built up on the needle indicator. But, the pump simply needed a new head (the part that attaches to the valve stem). The rubber doughnut that grabs the stem end had deteriorated.
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Old 03-19-08, 08:32 AM
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All pumps have a "check valve". It allows the pump to pressurize the air in the barrel and lets the pressurized air flow into the tube but won't let the air flow back from the tube into the pump. That is it does those things if it's working right.

I expect the problem with your pump is either the chamber gasket or the check valve.
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Old 03-19-08, 08:55 AM
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Try contacting the company. They have been very responsive to my issues. If the pump is essently "new" they might replace it as they did for me. I bought a Topeak pump and it would not develop enough pressure to do road tires. They sent me a new one with return instructions for the one I was unhappy with. Can not beat that.

You are going to have to do the google to get a customer service link.

Recently purchased a Joe Blow Pro as pictured above and quite pleased.
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106 View Post
You are going to have to do the google to get a customer service link.
The Customer service "ticket" system works well:
http://www.todson.com/support/index.php?pid=login

Topeak has been very good to me about replacing parts for free.
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Old 03-19-08, 05:58 PM
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Yep...I've had small issues with parts breaking/getting lost on several Topeak pumps (all around 10 years old), and they've been great about sending replacements parts...
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A little picky form parser

Thanks for the post JT. No I feel even worse that I can't contact them! (My problem is with the "You must provide a valid US postal address to receive support/parts." comment. Not sure why they feel someone from Montreal should be discriminated against, I bought it locally if memory serves!) Maybe you can send me your "valid US postal address" <wink><wink>
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PS: I'm planning to post a picture of my actual pump. It's more than 2 years old I think. Not quite like the other one posted here. And I'll check out that other thread someone suggested earlier.
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Old 03-19-08, 07:02 PM
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Mine is close, but not quite the same

Not sure the tips will apply for dis-assembling, but I"ll certainly look for the thread you referenced! Here are a few pictures of my own pump.
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