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Who’d a thunk it?  There’s a specification for how much torque you use to tighten the valve stems on your tires.   Evidently it’s even more important today because of mandatory tire-pressure monitoring systems.  If you find yourself having to replace a valve stem, you might want to pick up a torque tool like one of these from KD Tools.

Use the red-handled tool to tighten lighter-grade plastic or nylon stems to 2 inch-pounds, or use the black-handled tool to tighten valve stems to the TRC1 torque specification of 4 inch-pounds.

We couldn’t find the valve-stem torque tools on the KD Tools website, but there’s no shortage of stores offering it for sale.  Both torque tools come bundled together starting at $25.

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5 Responses to Torque Your Valve Stems

  1. James says:

    Looks like that is to tighten the valve core…

  2. @James:

    You are COMPLETELY right. For some reason, everybody who sells the KD tools call it a “Valve Stem Torque Tool Set”

    I know better and should have caught it, but I must have been sleep writing or something.

  3. Chris says:

    What if you overtorque those valve cores by, say, one inch-pound (25 or 50 percent)? How many inch-pounds is “finger-tight” with a normal valve core tool? Inquiring minds want to know…


  4. Terry says:

    Let’s save everyone some time here and not pretend tools like these are of any use for the average tool tinkerer out there.

    I know that comment is harsh, but one of the reasons this site works well is because the posts are usually low quantity but high quality.

  5. Joe says:

    I’m sorry, but if you need one of these to tell if your valve stem is tight enough, you should be inside the house watching the Hallmark channel.

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