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Old 05-19-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Cost to install metal valve stems

I've been thinking about installing a Tire Pressure Monitor System. Most require metal valve stems. I just called Tires Plus and was quoted $25 labor per tire and $10 each for valve stems. That's $150 total. Doesn't that seem just a big outrageous? What are your experiences?
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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I would suggest trying other places. I mostly deal with Discount Tire corp. but I don't know if you have access to one in your area. That does sound a bit high. By the way, I just installed a Truck System Technologies tire monitor, just 4 sensors, to keep an eye on the TT tires, and so far I really like it.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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My tire guy charges $10.00 to dismount and mount a tire and $3.00 each for high pressure valve stems. That is rather you are buying tires from him or not.

This is probably the lowest price you will find.

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Old 05-19-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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Metal valve stems run about a $1.50 each. Labor shouldn't be more than $10 a tire. FWIW breaking the bead on a tire isn't that hard. You could probably do it yourself.
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:21 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. That seemed like a crazy price to me. Thanks for the info on the Truck Systems Technologies. That is the system that I have been thinking that I would buy.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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acadainbob, it is time to shop around. My tire dealer charges $9 total for the metal valve stem, installation, and balancing the tire.
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My 2007 F150 XLT has a factory tire pressure system. Wasn't too sure it worked until it activated one morning on the way to work. Turns out I had those rotten Dill Chinese valve stems! But I got the one that was leaking fixed and that kept me from being stranded on the expressway in downtown Atlanta during morning rush.

Does your F-150 not have the factory system?
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My 2007 F150 XLT has a factory tire pressure system.
Does your F-150 not have the factory system?
Naw, my 2006 doesn't have a TPMS. I just looked at both a 2006 and a 2007 F150 brochure that I have, and it wasn't even an option in 2006, but was standard equipment in 2007.

I still only have sensors for my trailer, and not the truck. At $50 a pop ea., I am counting on being able to feel a low tire pressure, where on the trailer you can't feel when a tire is going down. Plus, I monitor the pressure regularly with a tire gauge on the truck, but do rely on the TPMS to check pressures on the trailer.
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I hate to say it, but Walmart might be an inexpensive solution for you...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=495845
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:47 PM   #10
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2005 F150 no monitoring system. Was mostly thinking about the trailer. Thanks for the Walmart idea; never thought of that. It seems clear that Tires Plus is about 2 to 3 times what the cost SHOULD BE!
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