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Old 10-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #1
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Tire Inflation Stems

On two of my rear tires the valve in the inflation stem is recessed to far for my inflator to open the valve and allow me to add air. Does anyone know if just the tip of the stem can be replaced without damaging the stem or can an extension be added that would accomplish the same thing? This is my first experience with dual wheels?
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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You can try changing out the valve inside the stem. They make a tool for this. Just unscrew it and screw new one in.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Thanks, I will probably try your idea.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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You're looking for this style, it even has some cores.
http://www.amazon.com/Slime-20088-4-Way-Valve-Cores/dp/B0020T17J2/ref=pd_bxgy_auto_img_y


Not this style, although it would solve your problem with A LOT more work!
http://www.amazon.com/AME-51025-Quick-Valve-Change/dp/B005K8E9FY
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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I have the tool, just concerned that one wheel on each side is fine, but the other is not.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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It's a cheap thing to try and can not hurt. If that does not work you will have to change stems. Did you try airing tires up with a different air chuck?
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If they are the yellow airless extenders, there is a thread on that issue in this forum.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #8
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I will try replacing the valve cores first. It is just kind of funny that 4 wheels are fine, but two of the rear are not. Don't think different chuck will help as the cores are recessed to far, but stranger things have happened.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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I had a similar problem, I could barely get in far enough to inflate the tire, but sharp edges left cuts on my hand. Took to local RV dealer and had them install flexible extensions riveted to the hubcaps with a nut holding them on and making them removable for service. Now a piece of cake.
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On two of my rear tires the valve in the inflation stem is recessed to far for my inflator to open the valve and allow me to add air. Does anyone know if just the tip of the stem can be replaced without damaging the stem or can an extension be added that would accomplish the same thing? This is my first experience with dual wheels?
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You'll be happier if you bite the bullet and go ahead and replace the rubber stems with Steel stems. You can buy them long enough to extend through the wheel covers and still have room for tire pressure sensors. I bought mine here: DL1SP13 Chrome Duallyvalve Kit . Ask for Mike. He's sold a lot of these for Soleras and knows what you'll need. (I have no connection or interest in this company)

A set for the rear duals is $120. I bought a set for the front tires also. Total cost was less than $150. I paid my tire guy $8/ tire for installation and balancing. Took 4000 mile trip last month after installation... no problems, no pressure loss, pressure sensors functioned beautifully.

The metal stems will allow you to safely inflate the tires to a higher pressure for better fuel mileage, too.
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