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Old 01-30-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Stainless Steel Valve Stems

To all TPMS users out there, how many installed stainless steel valve stems. Are they necessary? What is the advantage?
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:34 PM   #2
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I think the only time they are “necessary” is when using stem-mounted TPMS.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:38 PM   #3
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I had stainless steel valve stems installed on all five tires on my truck before I installed my TPMS sensors. Rubber stems are far too flexible to support the weight of the TPMS sensors.
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:45 PM   #4
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Yes on metal valve stems. I am not sure they are stainless, they may be nickel plated brass.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:04 PM   #5
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I had a truck-tire outlet, not a chain, install metal valve stems.....Not because I had TPMS........But because the metal stems are rigid enough to more easily and accurately check tire pressure.........especially in the inner bakd tires....
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I have replaced 3 of my 6 rubber valve stems with metal ones so far. Two on inside dual tires because the extenders would not work and one rubber one that failed on a trip. I carry the 3 extra metal stems with me so if I have a flat on a trip I can have the repair shop make the swap. I do not think it is worth doing it ahead of time even with the TPMS sensors installed on all wheels.
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:21 AM   #7
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My experience with TPMS is that the metal stems aren't necessary. I'm using the TST 507 and in the four years we had rubber stems never lost a pound of pressure.
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My experience with TPMS is that the metal stems aren't necessary. I'm using the TST 507 and in the four years we had rubber stems never lost a pound of pressure.
You've just been lucky. I've had rubber stems fail without a TPMS on them.
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I had TPMS on rubber stems on tow dolly one failed, it cracked around the base of the rubber stem and the other stem was starting to fail. I think the centrifugal forces placed on the stem with the sensor on it caused it to fail
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