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Tex Prehurst    Posted 06-10-2017 at 00:52:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • lost valve stem
  • The valve stem on one of the rear tires of my riding mower has gotten pushed back thru the hole in the rim, and is no longer accessible. The tire appears to be a little low , but works ok. I'm pretty sure that there is a tube in there. Does anyone have a way to get at the valve without causing a leak in the tire and letting it go flat?

    Little Ed    Posted 06-12-2017 at 22:01:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: lost valve stem
  • If the valve stem has disappeared, and it is still holding air, then it has to have a tube in there. In my experience, the stem gets destroyed when this happens. It may be that the air is gone and the stiffness of the tire is holing it up. My 9N will do that. If it is still holding air, you probably will have to poke a hole in it, thru the valve stem hole, to get it to collapse so you can put a new tube in it. I am worried about this happening to the 9N since I powdercoated the rims. If I let the air out, the beads will unseat themselves. I am a little leery of getting into a hard pull.

    Bruce Dorsi    Posted 06-10-2017 at 19:44:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: lost valve stem
  • Raise the rear of the mower to get the tire off the ground.

    If the tire is loose on the rim, you may be able to rotate the tire on the rim to see the valve stem of the tube. ....You may be able to grab the valve stem with needle-nose pliers, and pull it out.

    If the tire is not loose on the rim, you will have to break the beads loose before you can rotate the tire on the rim.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 06-10-2017 at 07:45:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'd take it to your local service station that still has real mechanics or tire shop and for like $7.50 they can fix you up...ask that they install a metal/brass stem. Tubes are the way to go if not already in the tires. You'll just ruin it if you keep using it like that...

    Tim Daley(MI)

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