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Old 08-11-2012, 07:56 PM
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Before you go to all that, check the stem valve. Lots of times it is just the valve that needs tightening. They do not last for ever, as most car people think they do. Easy way to check, remove cap, a blob of spit on the opening, sit there and watch, for a bubble. If you see that, then the valve may just need to be tightened. NOT much, only takes 1/8th to 1/4 turn to do the job.
So, I checked what you said and guess what? A bubble formed! You are so awesome!!!!!! Now how do I tighten the valve? Do I need a special tool? Thank you so much
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Go to an auto store and buy a cheapie Valve Stem Tool. It looks like a minitaure 4-way tire iron. It has a slotted end that should fit into the valve stem. Then turn to tighten. Be gentle, low torque, just a little turn clockwise.

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If you turn counterclockwise, you will take the valve stem off, that's fine if you want to take it off but make sure you hold on tight to it or it will hit you in the eye when all the air rushes behind hit and pushes it out. Also, if you take it off to replace it, you may run into an issue with the TPMS sensor. So try tightening first. Failing that, maybe the LamboStuff guys have a valve stem and TPMS kit for you.

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Thanks so much for the detailed info. Who would've thought that someone who had no mechanical inclination would be fiddling with a tire valve???? Love, love you guys and your willingness to help. Thank you again.
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glad it worked out!
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Bought the valve stem tightening tool, followed your directions and now no more slow leak, verified by the spit technique. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE ADVICE!
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...you will take the valve stem off, that's fine if you want to take it off but make sure you hold on tight or it will hit you in the eye .....
I'm CERTAIN that EyeDoc would wear eye protection! Otherwise she might become her own best patient!

Glad it worked out simply and easily. This forum is full of great people who love to help! It's a wonderful community!
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