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Posted: 9/30/2005 8:31:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2005 8:33:41 PM EDT by Chedderboy]
I'm cooking dinner tonight and the kids come in from the garage, saying the car is making noise. We just got home 10 minutes prior. I go out and the valve stem is hissing out the air and the tire is going flat. the cap was on it and there were no sights to tampering by the kids.

Do valve stems just fail? I'm more likely to believe the kids did something, but can't figure out what they could have done...

2002 Suburban...

Any ideas?
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:34:12 PM EDT
The valve is leaking. The valve actually screws into the valve stem with a little wrench. It just needs to be tightened up.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:34:17 PM EDT
They can fail. Just make sure it is not a rim leak then have someone replace the valve stem.

Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:34:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2005 8:37:11 PM EDT by thinman]
Yes valve stems go bad without warning. Had one go tits up a month ago on my truck. Might as well get the tires balanced and rotated while you're there.

ETA: If you want to make sure that is where the leak is, push the valve stem in a couple directions and the air flow will increase or decrease.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:37:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
The valve is leaking. The valve actually screws into the valve stem with a little wrench. It just needs to be tightened up.



That is why it is called a valve stem, it holds the valve. Go to the auto parts store and ask for a valve stem wrench. Looks like a minature 4-way lug wrench. You should be able to tighten or replace your valve.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:38:24 PM EDT
I've bumped them before and started leaks, maybe the kids whacked it with a something.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:40:13 PM EDT
If it is leaking around the stem then, yes, you will have to get a new one installed. If it is leaking through the valve stem then see my comments above.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 8:42:20 PM EDT
Sometimes if you get close to a curb like in the bank drive thru, the stems will get snagged & torn loose. Look for scuffing on the sidewall.

A side note, whe we were evil kids, we'd either kick or cut valve stems of someones car that pissed us off. Cheap fix, but major inconvienence. Far better than slashing someones tires though.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:31:43 PM EDT

WTF is wrong with my tire?



It's tired.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:35:28 PM EDT
wow, I had forgotton about valve stems, your post reminded me of a prank I pulled on a friend in highschool
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:42:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:

WTF is wrong with my tire?



It's tired.



*rimshot*
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 10:04:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:

Originally Posted By napalm:

WTF is wrong with my tire?



It's tired.



*rimshot*





It's feeling a little flat today.



What's the matter, tire? Why do you look so low?
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