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Old 01-06-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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Valve stem extensions question

Tire question but not necessarily a camping question, but maybe some will benefit from the answer from some of the tire guys on here.

Valve stem caps on my Toyota Prius are extremely difficult to reach, even for small fingers, so I got extensions "for duallys and hard to reach stems." But the back side of the package says "not intended for passenger vehicle tires." Will these 1.25-inch extensions throw the tires out of balance? Just wondering what trouble might occur if I use them.

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Tire question but not necessarily a camping question, but maybe some will benefit from the answer from some of the tire guys on here.

Valve stem caps on my Toyota Prius are extremely difficult to reach, even for small fingers, so I got extensions "for duallys and hard to reach stems." But the back side of the package says "not intended for passenger vehicle tires." Will these 1.25-inch extensions throw the tires out of balance? Just wondering what trouble might occur if I use them.

Thanks for any input.

Possibly. If they are heavy they can affect the balance. If they're heavy enough, they can also start bending the valve stem over (from centrifigal force) when the wheel/tire is spinning which may cause air loss because it breaks the seal at the rim hole. I had the same warning on my set of tire pressure sensors (which screw on in place of the valve stem cap) for my 5er. I had to make sure I had metal valve stems installed.
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