The Average Cost for Valve Stem Replacement is $5 to $100, Depending On if You Go to the Mechanic or DIY
The price range for a valve stem replacement is based on the national average for all vehicle makes and models. It does not factor in fees, taxes, or your specific vehicle make and model. Related repairs or maintenance typically performed during this service include replacing the tire pressure monitoring sensors. For a more accurate check based on your location and vehicle make and model, visit RepairPal Fair Price Estimator.
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Cost at the Mechanic: $25-$100
- Parts: $5-$30
- Labor: $20-$70
When you take your car in to have the valve stem replaced, the mechanic will first check to ensure that your tire leak is caused by a valve stem that needs to be replaced. If a faulty valve stem is indeed the culprit, the tire will need to be deflated and possibly removed from the wheel to make the repair easier to perform. A valve stem tool is then used to remove the valve stem from the tire so that it can be cleaned and a new replacement put in its place. An experienced mechanic should be able to replace a standard valve stem in less than 15 minutes; a valve stem with a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) sensor could take more time to install and program.
Cost to DIY: $5-$30
- Difficulty Level: Beginner
- Parts Needed: To replace your valve stem, you’ll need a few standard tools that most vehicle owners already have in their garage.
If you need a valve stem replacement but are worried about the cost, you can easily save money by doing the job yourself. As long as you have the parts recommended above, you should be able to complete the task yourself in less than 30 minutes.
Keep in mind that are many different types of valve stems on the market, and not every valve stem will fit your vehicle. If you plan to order and receive your valve stems yourself, it’s essential to be sure that you choose the right parts for your vehicle. Refer to your owner’s manual if you’re ever in doubt.
What Is Valve Stem Replacement?
The valve stem is what makes it possible to add air to a tire and hold that pressure. If this one-way valve becomes damaged (either to the rubber outer portion or the inner valve itself), it can cause slow air loss or even a flat tire. If your tire has a slow leak and you’re unsure why, it could be anything from a damaged or faulty valve stem to a puncture in the tire.
Valve stems can go bad for a number of reasons, but the most common reason is deteriorated rubber due to physical damage, age, or exposure to chemicals on the road. Other possible reasons include a damaged valve (which can be caused by water that has gotten inside and frozen) or the rubber seal may have become separated. A valve stem replacement is when you remove the damaged valve stem and replace it with a new one.
What Does a Valve Stem Replacement Include?
A valve stem replacement is a task that beginners can do in less than 30 minutes at home if they have the right tools. In order to complete a valve stem replacement, you’ll have to deflate the tire, partially separate the tire from the wheel, remove the old valve, and replace it with a clean new one. If the tire pressure management sensors (TPMS) have been damaged, they may need to be replaced as well, which will take additional time and money but will still be more affordable to complete yourself than by taking to a mechanic.
What Happens If You Don’t Replace Your Valve Stems?
Like any other part of your vehicle, your valve stems tend to break down as your car ages. This can cause leaks in your tire and even develop into more serious tire problems, which means you’ll need a new tire. It can also result in uneven or premature wear on your tires. Flat tires may also occur as a result of a broken valve stem. Even a slow leak can lead to more serious problems, resulting in a more expensive repair if you don’t replace your valve stems.
How Often Should You Replace Your Valve Stems?
Unless damaged, valve stems (including those with TPMS sensors) are usually able to last beyond the life of the tires, but it’s a good idea to perform a valve stem replacement whenever you have new tires installed. The valve stem typically isn’t replaced at any consistent interval, only if something breaks or doesn’t function as it should. A good test to check for valve stem damage is to so spray soapy water on the stem while gently flexing it, and see if any air bubbles are present. If bubbles are present, that means air is leaking out.
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Common Symptoms You Need to Replace Your Valve Stems
The most significant indicators that you need to replace your valve stems are either a tire pressure light or a slow leak. You may notice that you need to put air in your tires more than usual. If this is the case, it’s crucial to replace your valve stems as soon as possible to prevent further tire or TPMS damage or even a flat tire that can leave you stranded.
Related Maintenance Services
Sometimes things go wrong when you go to replace your valve stem. If a valve stem breaks entirely, it can damage the TPMS. Replacing a TPMS will cost you more than replacing the valve stem itself but can be done at home to save money.
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