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Old 05-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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valve stem

I am totally frustrated, I can't add air to my tire I'm not sure if I have a bad valve stem, bad extender or just what the problem might be. Any suggestions, I need to add air to this tire.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Hello konati, and welcome to irv2!

Not much info in your post and profile to go on. TT, 5'er MH?

I had an issue on my MH where the tire valve extender was leaking.

I removed the wheel cover and tire valve extension to be able to troubleshoot the problem. It would hold air without the extension, but as soon as I hooked it up it would leak air. Found the valve stem end was damaged and would not seal against the valve extender. Replaced the valve stem and has been fine since.

Hope this helps
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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I feel some of your pain. I am trying to get out today for our maiden voyage. The 2 front tires are relatively new and when I put a pressure gauge on them both stem cores stuck in the open position! Ran to NAPA and got core tool & cores. New air compressor SUCKS or is broken.

So...any more detail on your issues?
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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I feel some of your pain. I am trying to get out today for our maiden voyage. The 2 front tires are relatively new and when I put a pressure gauge on them both stem cores stuck in the open position! Ran to NAPA and got core tool & cores. New air compressor SUCKS or is broken.

So...any more detail on your issues?
One thing I learned long ago is that some shops throw all the stem cores in a box and just grab some as needed. Thing is, there are different qualities of core stems. Cheap to Excellent. Low pressure to high pressure. You have to ASK for good stems at most shops, designed for above 70psi. When I've done this at tire shops when getting new tires, occasionally I've seen the tech 'cherry picking' good stems out of stem box. A good tire tech will know what you're talking about, and why you want a good stem.

Using a cheap, low pressure stem on a RV tire will often behave exactly as you have described. But you cured it by getting new cores at NAPA. Your compressor is probably fine.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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valve stem

Turns out I had a bad valve extender, replaced it and all is good. Heading out on Friday for a few weeks so I needed to get this squared away
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I had valve extenders replaced several months back and couldn't check pressure or add air. Service tech had not turned them down tight. Weren't leaking or anything, just wouldn't do anything. Took it back, they fixed their problem and all is well.
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