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Any comments. Which tire inflator is recommended? Chevrolet offers one for $95 and amazon has a Kensun for $69.
I haven't found where is the electrical 12V DC outlet for the tire inflator inside the Bolt Premier 2020.
I do appreciate your comments.;)
 

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The 12V Air Compressor is underneath the the Hatch/Trunk area where a spare tire is typically located. The 12V DC outlet for it is the 12V DC outlet below the center console (it has a black cover/flap).

The Bolt comes with self sealing tires in case of puncture. I believe there may be a sealant canister in the same area as the inflator. See page 280 of your user manual.

Then again, I have a Canadian model which tend to have slightly different standard equipment.
 

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We've driven our Bolt for three-and-a-half years without a spare or an air compressor. Neither the OEM Michelins or the winter Nokians have ever had a flat.

(Wait, forget that. Don't want to jinx a good run.)

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I REALLY do not recommend buying the $10 inflator at harbor freight. We're going back 12 years mind you, but I bought 3 of those and they all broke within a year. I walked in the store with all three hanging from my hand by the cord, and fortunately the manager had sympathy and allowed me to put them towards their $35 unit at the time (seems like this is now not available). I still have that compressor and it still works great.

You could price a tire inflator kit with a GM parts department (if you bought your Bolt from a dealership, you might even have points that could be used towards the purchase). I've also seen them in ebay. I've used the oem compressor a fair amount, and aside from the noise, it seems to work well. The best part is that there is a specific cutout for it in your trunk.

If you're mechanically inclined, a tire repair kit is also a good thing to keep in hand (Tubeless Tire Repair Kit, 9 Pc.). If not, a AAA Membership is recommended.

I'd recommend the harborfreight compressor I have, but as mentioned, it isn't presently available. There is a more expensive HF option that PLP linked, and there is that obligatory 20% off coupon, but I understand that still may not be appealing. Here's a link to a video that compares some other units to that good old harbor freight compressor, which you may find useful (Project Farm is one of the best content creators on YT, IMO)

 
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I bought the GM compressor kit for the Bolt 'cause there was a place for storing it. My Spark EV had it in the back, already. I also keep a mushroom tire plugger kit in the back of each car. I've been using them for years.
 

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Any comments. Which tire inflator is recommended? Chevrolet offers one for $95 and amazon has a Kensun for $69.
I haven't found where is the electrical 12V DC outlet for the tire inflator inside the Bolt Premier 2020.
I do appreciate your comments.;)
The Bolt's stock tires are low volume, so any bike pump will also work. I use mine to keep my tire pressure where I want it.
 
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