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valve stems #967425 10/12/09 03:04 AM
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toyT100 Offline OP
I recently got a flat tire while driving home down the interstate. Long story short the tire got ruined because it went flat so quick and it was from a broken valve stem. Does anyone use metal valve stems and is that as easy of a fix as it seems?

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Re: valve stems [Re: toyT100] #967426 10/12/09 03:11 AM
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CJMT100 Offline
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Dont use metal ones but I do use rubber ones and always replace them when I change my tires or every 3-5 years if i dont change tires.

Metals ok but sometimes doesnt seal as well.

1996 T100, Mickey Thomson Classics, Bridgestone Dueler AT 265/75/16, custom offroad KC's.
Re: valve stems [Re: CJMT100] #967427 10/12/09 03:40 AM
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kewlynx Offline
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I wouldn't use metal ones at my latitude; science happens at -50F.


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Re: valve stems [Re: toyT100] #967428 10/12/09 04:08 PM
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garym Offline
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I've been using the metal ones on my work truck. I do a lot of off road or BLM road travel and so far have not had a failure or any problems with them in over 80K miles. I switched after having sliced a couple of the rubber ones. I was worried they might bend or break in mud, snow, or rocks but so far so good.

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Re: valve stems [Re: garym] #967429 10/13/09 02:48 AM
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toyT100 Offline OP
my reason for thinkin bout is it that my tires are comin up on 2yrs old this xmas and ive already had 2 close calls on slow leak valve stems and jus got a flat that completely ruined my tire from the valve stem almost completely breaking off

Re: valve stems [Re: toyT100] #967430 10/13/09 12:24 PM
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foxtrapper Offline
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Sounds like a case of low quality valve stems. Easy enough to replace. Metal ones seal with rubber gaskets. Those rubber gaskets break down with time, just like rubber valve stems.

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Re: valve stems [Re: foxtrapper] #967431 10/13/09 09:01 PM
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ErikB Offline
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There was a huge tire valve stem recall last year. You may have gotten some of the bad ones.


I had some on my trailer tires that one of them cracked and leaked out quickly.
Normally the rubber ones are very reliable and last the life of the tire or more though.

I don't like the metal ones off road because they get bent and then leak or can even break off. Les Schwab put them on the last wheels I bought when I specifically told them not to. First trip out I bent one just slightly and it leaked so I broke down all 5 tires and got rid of them.

On-road metal ones should be fine, but there is still a seal washer at the base that will eventually need to be replaced.

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