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    Lubricating tyre valves?

    Is this at all a Thing?
    Tyre joint couldn’t find my tyre leak coupla weeks ago; checked it coupla hours ago before driving, and after taking the gauge off the valve I could hear air lightly hissing out. Re-apply the gauge then remove it, hissing sound goes away.
    There’s obviously a sticky valve involved.

    So, is it a Thing to lubricate the valve somehow?
    If so, with what?
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    Never heard of lubricating that part before.... If you don't have a dust cap, I suppose you could get grit etc that might jam up the schraeder valve. Squirt a bit of WD40 into the valve & give it a quick blast of air (at the servo) ???

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    Something silicon based I would assume..... is putting another valve in not viable ?

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    Gotta have dat stem lube, winter is coming

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    Might have had a small bit of dirt/debris between the valve core and the seat, when you put the gauge back on it got blown out and seated normally, with no leak.

    No lube involved or required.

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    I've done it before with Inox lanolin spray. No problems yet.

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    If it's leaking, replace it.
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    Take 50c out of your coin purse, and buy a new valve (will need a valve stem tool also).
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    Never tried it before; fitting your own valve is a Thing, and you just need a relatively simple tool to do it?
    No goo etc?
    Any chance a fumble-fingered dufus would damage a wheel by Doing It Wrong?
    It's not the first time the valve sticking has happened (while measuring or filling), and this tyre has been going down at about 2psi/week - Occam's Philishave suggests this is the cause.

    I simply didn't consider replacing it because I didn't realise it was something you could do without all the dark magicks of a tyre machine (and hence the inconvenience of taking the car to a tyre place awash with such dark magicks).
    Last edited by Captiva Fan; 11-06-19 at 08:03 AM.
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    Don't need to remove the tyre to swap the cores. Takes about 5 seconds.
    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/...lve&lang=en_AU
    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/...lve&lang=en_AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by R31t View Post
    Don't need to remove the tyre to swap the cores. Takes about 5 seconds.
    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/...lve&lang=en_AU
    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/...lve&lang=en_AU
    And best done with a compressor/tyre inflator available.

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    Or go to just about any tyre store and ask them to change the valve core as you have noticed it is leaking. Most will do it for nothing and probably check the pressure of your other tyres while at it. Those cores cost us about $0.14 each and we have buckets of used but perfectly serviceable ones just waiting to go to scrap metal merchants.
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