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Valve Stem Replacement

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TCi in Fort Worth was designated by the FMCA as my Michelin dealer, I'm glad they were. Superb service!

The technician who installed my new front tires gave me the option of installing new valve stems, I asked for his input.

"The rubber O-ring is the thing, we can't determine its condition without taking the stem apart; and, if we do that, we can't put it back together," he replied.

The cost? Ten bucks.

Of course, let's yank 'em off and install new ones, I said.

It made sense; I mean, why seal old ones away for another five years?

Well, the condition of the seven year old stem, once taken out, was not good. The chrome plating was coming off, the O-ring dried and brittle.

"You won't believe the number of blowouts that start when that valve core yields," he says.

Oh? It gave me chills to think I was on the verge of keeping the thing in place for a third set of tires...

So, word to the wise: spend the $10 and have peace of mind.


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