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Old 09-25-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Valve cores

I was checking air pressure today and three of four tires seemed lower than they should have been after sitting for three weeks. Aired up and heard a leak at one valve stem. It turned out that three of the valve stem cores were loose. My BFF tire guy said it's not unusual for the cores to get loose, especially in metal valve stems. I got a Schrader valve tool and am adding snugging the cores to my preflight checklist.

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Excellent tip. Thanks for passing it along.

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Old 09-26-2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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Cores can leak as well. Sometimes they get junk in them and won't seal. It is best to have metal caps with the little rubber seal in the top. These won't let air out even if the core fails.

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