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July 25, 2012, 2:01 pm

Ginger D
 

Question: Need longer valve stems on my tires - how does that happen?

I'm a widowed lady with bad arthritis in my fingers. It has become very difficult to check my tire pressure because the stems on the tires are so short I can no longer get a good grip. Been told that its both easy to change and hard to change. Don't know who to believe. Can you help? Thank You!


July 30, 2012, 9:32 pm

Tyler O
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You'll need to dismount the tires to install the one piece longer valve stems. So that would be at a tire shop.

There are also valve stem extenders, they screw on to the preexisting valve stems with no tire dismounting required. The downside is the possibility of a leak, but they should last at least 3-5 years just like a normal valve stem.


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July 31, 2012, 2:55 pm

Ginger D
 

Thank you Tyler O! My tires will be rotated, an offer together with a oil/filter change for a very nominal charge. Doesn't rotation require "dismount"? Either way I appreciate your answer! Thanks again!


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August 6, 2012, 8:46 pm

Tyler O
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During a rotation the will remove the wheels and put them on another corner.

A tire dismount is actually removing the tire from the rim.


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August 7, 2012, 1:12 am

Ginger D
 

I had stem extenders put on. Thanks for your help Tyler - I had never heard of those before. I submitted another question a couple of days ago. This one having to do with oil completely covering my spark plugs and being told I need a "Gasket Kit" and new plugs or my car will just not fire one of these days. Several things involved, all coming to about $400 with labor. I'm sure you'll be seeing my question soon. Thanks again!

Ginger


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October 23, 2012, 9:14 pm

Tyler O
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Sounds like you just need a valve cover gasket and a set of plugs, maybe the wires if they are damaged.




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