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.