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Old 11-17-2019, 08:23 PM   #1
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Metal valve stem reminder

This morning we were preparing to leave a cg and the temps were much colder than when I left home. I turned on my TPMS and one tire of the 8 had a low pressure alarm. I figured that all needed air to be added to so I pulled out the old compressor and started adding the air to the cold pressure mark on all the tires.

All of my rims have all metal valve stems and when I was putting the sensor back on, I felt something abnormal. The outside nut on the valve stem was turning with the torque of me tightening the sensor on the valve stem.

I got out a 9/16 inch deep well socket and firmed the nut up, then reinstalled the sensor. The inside pressure was keeping the stem from leaking.

I decided this was a good time to verify all were tight and I found another that needed 1/4 turn.

Just a good idea for something else to put on your checklist to verify from time to time. It could have created a problem and I installed them 6 years ago but have never checked them since.
We finished the days drive with no problems.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:31 PM   #2
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That was a good catch. I'm planning on putting those on next spring, when new tires go on the TT.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:07 PM   #3
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I’ll be checking mine tomorrow. If they are 6 years old there is a possibility that the rubber gasket inside the wheel has deteriorated, causing it to be loose.
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