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Old 05-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Valve cores sticking!

When I bought the MH a couple of months ago I discovered that when I tried to air the tires, the valve cores would frequently stick in when I removed the pressure gauge, letting air pour out. I would put the gauge back on and remove it again, sometimes releasing the core and sometimes not. I replaced the cores in all the tires but am still having the same problem. It doesn't happen as often when I am putting air into the tire with the air chuck, but when it happens it is easier to pop the chuck back on for a second and stop it. Have any of you had this problem and what did you do to correct it?
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Go to auto part store and get some new valves, then replace all the valves in the stems. Get a tool to remove them. All cheap $$ to do.
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I had the same problem last year and replaced all valve cores and kept happening. It was my air gauge causing the problem. I switched to a Milton air chuck with gauge an never had a problem since. Could be your chuck or gauge causing the problem.
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Could the previous owner have used the powder/bead balancing and not used the special valves with filters inside?

If so you'll have to replace all the stems with the correct ones. Tires need to be broken down enough to get to them, then the stem replaced.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:02 PM   #5
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V2B Inflate Thru Valve Cap

My front were balanced with equal. I goton the road and they leaked as you describe.

I replaced my valve cap with this type allowing you to fill the tire w/o removing the cap. It stopped the leaking. A cheap fix which is working fine.
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-- EE -- Expedition Exchange Incorporated Actually this is where I ordered the caps I refered to in my previous replay. This site also has the kind of valve stems if your tires have Equal in them.

The caps are of a very high quality otherwise I would not suggest this. They cured my leaking as I said. Also make it much easier to check the pressure in your tires, no need to remove the caps.
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Along with the excellent advice above, I'd mention that your typical valve core is designed for 35psi. Valve cores are rated for psi...even many tire shops will just slap in any old core from the core box into your high pressure tire without thinking. Some don't even know there are different grades of valve cores.

The cores you bought are probably for 35psi. Weak springs, small rubber stopper, thin stem, etc.

Check at a truck tire store for quality cores.
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V2B Inflate Thru Valve Cap

My front were balanced with equal. I goton the road and they leaked as you describe.

I replaced my valve cap with this type allowing you to fill the tire w/o removing the cap. It stopped the leaking. A cheap fix which is working fine.
This sounds like the solution! I'm gonna try to find a dealer that has these and also a locking-type air chuck so I can save on shipping. Any recommendations on a good locking air chuck? Thanks!
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Could the previous owner have used the powder/bead balancing and not used the special valves with filters inside?

If so you'll have to replace all the stems with the correct ones. Tires need to be broken down enough to get to them, then the stem replaced.
I'm not sure if the previous owners used anything in the tires. Hopefully the suggestion above will solve the problem. Thanks!
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Along with the excellent advice above, I'd mention that your typical valve core is designed for 35psi. Valve cores are rated for psi...even many tire shops will just slap in any old core from the core box into your high pressure tire without thinking. Some don't even know there are different grades of valve cores.

The cores you bought are probably for 35psi. Weak springs, small rubber stopper, thin stem, etc.

Check at a truck tire store for quality cores.
Thanks Jim! I'll check that out.
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This sounds like the solution! I'm gonna try to find a dealer that has these and also a locking-type air chuck so I can save on shipping. Any recommendations on a good locking air chuck? Thanks!
Yes, I did not like the shipping cost on such a small item but I have mine and passed it off for convienence (lazy). Wish I had ordered enough for my car and truck as well.

I ordered mine from the Expedition Exchange website I attached in my second post. There seems to be some variable in quality of these but I can stand by the ones from this website. I'm sure any good truck stop might have them the key seems to be "The original alligator" brand?

Actually these are a good idea even if you are not leaking, it makes checking and filling tire so much easier. And I do not have to try to locate that @#%&%$# valve cap I dropped.

The website also has a lot of stuff about airing tires etc and may have a good locking air check, take a look. At least it is a place to get information then go shopping. Hope they work well for you.
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