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Old 12-19-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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Replacing tire valve stems

Heading soon to Les Schwab's to install metal stems to replace rubber ones (plus a couple of new extenders) currently on my tires. Also a good opportunity to have tires inspected. Question: should I have the wheels balanced to allow for the small added weight? And what about the added weight of TPMS senders when I add them?


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Old 12-19-2015, 03:28 PM   #2
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Would probably be a real good idea. The weights used to achieve balance are usually fairly small. So adding TPMS/metal stems would be like adding an additional small weight to the rim. Would be worth the piece of mind.

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Since they are breaking the tire down, I would rebalance.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:27 PM   #4
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If you have Centramatics, I wouldn't bother. Otherwise, it depends on how much tread has worn off since the tires were last balanced, and the difference in weight between the old stems and the new ones.

If there is very little treadwear, the wear is evenly distributed, and the valve stems weigh about the same, rebalancing shouldn't be necessary, assuming the tire tech makes sure that no weights fall off or are moved, and the tire remains in the same orientation on the wheel, which should be standard practice.
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Have them rebalanced. Weights could have been lost since the last time. Les Schwab will rebalance for free.

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Old 12-20-2015, 10:59 AM   #6
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Have them rebalanced. Weights could have been lost since the last time. Les Schwab will rebalance for free.

Sam has it just right. Doesn't hurt, may help, tires are off anyway, and it's free.
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Have them do the balancing with your TPMS sensors installed.

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