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Old 06-12-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Tire lost air overnight

I had new tires put on last year and have not had any problems until yesterday. I was doing my usual pre-travel checks when I found my left outer dual almost flat! I had just checked it 2 days ago and it was fine.

Got out the compressor and aired up the tire and looked for punctures, nothing. Checked schreader valves, okay. Then I wiggled the valve extension and I could hear air, ahhh must be a bad valve extension. I took the extension off and noticed the metal valve stem on the wheel was loose. I wiggled the valve stem and I could hear the air coming out.

I grabbed a wrench and tightened then valve stem nut and the leak stopped. Now I am wondering how a loose stem could not be leaking for a whole year, then all of a sudden the tire went flat.

This concerns we because I didn't think the tire shop had to remove the metal valve stems to replace the tires, so I guess I need to remove all the wheel covers to check all the other valve stems

Thought I should post this because I have not seen any recent threads discussing loose tire/wheel valves.

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Old 06-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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Not funny but the same sort of thing happened to us on our previous coach. Had new tires put on and new extensions. Drove home had it sit there a few days, loaded then left on the trip. No problems the first day checked the air in the tires before starting out the second day all is good until that afternoon pulling into a Flying J and a trucker starts pointing at a rear dual. Parked and looked, sure enough it was way down on pressure. Filled it back up didn't hear anything leaking and headed out. Didn't get 10 miles down the road and it just didn't feel right so I pulled off the road. Sure enough down again but this time I could hear air leaking. Called road service and they found that one of the extensions were bad. Had it replaced and all was good.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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Yours is the second such story I have read in these forums.

Beyond that I have no comment.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
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Just another reason to have a TPMS. When it starts to leak you will know it.
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You might also be careful washing the wheels, and knocking the stems around with a hard brush. Also be careful tightning any loose ones up you can over tighten them. I have also had the air thru valve stem caps leak, got rid of them.
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Stuff happens, it's of no consequence in the long term and certainly IMHO, no big deal.


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