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Old 10-14-2019, 11:33 AM   #1
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Tire Pressure Issue

Driving across I82 in South East Washington State when the tire monitor system alarm went off; low pressure in the passenger side rear inner tire. We were very close to our overnight destination, Walla Walla (such a lovely name for a very nice town, but I digress) so we continued slowly on to Blue Valley RV Park (highly rated, very close to downtown, I digress again).
Pressure in that particular tire was about 15 psi below what it should have been and it would not come back up to the right pressure.
This occurred yesterday, Sunday, no tire service center open and in any case the nearest truck tire service center was about an hours drive away. This morning, Columbus Day when, in this town a lot of businesses are closed, I called the Les Schwab Tire Center in Walla Walla thinking perhaps they might be able to handle this truck based tire issue. They could, and did. Within an hour of getting there they had the wheels off and discovered that the tire valve extension tube that pokes through the outer rim had for whatever reason come lose thus allowing air to escape through the valve, and the good news was no punctures or damage to the actual tire.
The whole process took about an hour and the charge was - zero! No charge. “Have a safe journey”.
Recommended - a tire monitoring system and the Les Schwab Tire Center on Issac Ave in Walla Walla, WA.
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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Les Schwab is our go-to tire shop. They are common in the western states and are known for fixing flat tires for free. Good folks. Glad you got your tire issue resolved.

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Old 10-14-2019, 12:49 PM   #3
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When you can, think about changing your valve "extensions" for all metal "extended valve stems". Since they completely replace your existing valve stems there's nothing to come loose. Mounting them to your rims in place of your existing valve stems entails removing the wheels from your rig and breaking the bead in order to gain access. The cheapest time to do this is when buying new tires but I've seen postings where some have had it done for $25 - $50/tire not including the cost of the stems.

Here's an example from Borg, one of the most recommended brands:

https://yourtireshopsupply.com/produ...-stems-dl1fcfr
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Wow-- that was great of Les to do that no charge, on a holiday no less..... hope the tech got a good tip !
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Thanks - great idea to change out the rubber extensions for the metal ones. I’ll keep that in mind for when the wheels need to come off again.
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Wow-- that was great of Les to do that no charge, on a holiday no less..... hope the tech got a good tip !
I don't think they are allowed to accept tips. The last time I tried, it was refused.

So, I went over to the local donut shop, bought two-dozen and brought them back to the tire shop. The manager was a little flabbergasted, but agree to put them in the employee break area. Problem solved.

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The whole process took about an hour and the charge was - zero! No charge. “Have a safe journey”.
Recommended - a tire monitoring system and the Les Schwab Tire Center on Issac Ave in Walla Walla, WA.
That is amazing we had a similar leak and it cost the shop minimum to have them tighten the valve stem and test it solved the leak, just under $50. Had a valve stem go bad at home & the mobile tire service charge about $80 to come out and replace it. I called our Good Sam Roadside Emergency Service to have them come out and just loosen the lug nuts (DH broke a heavy duty socket trying to break them loose). He was going to wrestle the tire and take it in for the new stem, but GS declined, saying it wasn't a roadside emergency. They'd send a mobile tire person at my expense. I declined their "help".
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