Re: valve stem failure_Question
One year ago the local BMW dealer installed a new front tire on the rim for me. I never even thought to ask or check if they replaced the valve stem.
Yesterday I went ride and discovered a flat front tire. Lucky this happened in the garage and not trekking down the Interstate. The leaking valve stem was halfway out of the hole and coming apart.
Calling them, they stated they never replace the valve stem unless it's leaking. I was a bit shocked. They cost about 75 cents. A new tire is sure not worth much going done the road if the valve stem is old and fails.
Question. The weight of the metal stems are about 1/2 ounce heavier than the rubber stems. Is that enough difference that I should rebalance the wheel after installing metal stems?
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