When the valve stem of your wheel suffers damage, either on the rubber outer portion or the inner valve itself, it can cause slow air loss or even a flat tire. The next line of action would be to replace this one-way valve.
However, if you don’t want to go through the stress of rebalancing the tire after deflating it and pushing it off the rim to replace the valve stem, you might have to consider swapping tires without removing the tire. Is this possible? And is there a specific procedure?
This article will answer all your questions.
So Can You Replace Valve Stem Without Removing Tire?
The short answer is yes, you can replace a damaged valve stem with a new one without removing the tire, but this comes with some caveats. For example, you can’t replace a valve stem with a TPMS system without removing the tire. Also, you will need specialized tools to get this done without removing the tires.
If you take your vehicle to the tire shop to get this replacement done, I can assure you that the mechanics will have a way to replace the valve without removing the tires, but trying it yourself would be challenging.
So if you want the step-by-step process of replacing the valve stem without removing the tire, you need to consult an expert. Fortunately, I have taken a backward bend to share the steps with you in this article.
However, it is worth noting that this replacement method is mostly used for motorcycles because of the pain of taking the rear wheel off the bike.
Motorcycles or not, before you start to replace your tire’s valve stem (with the intention of not removing the tires), you need the necessary tools, such as a valve stem removal tool, a tire iron, a needle jack, jack stands, nose pliers, an air compressor with those, and a lug nut wrench.
How To Replace Valve Stem Without Removing Tire – Step-by-step Guide
Before diving into the steps, I must reiterate that replacing a valve stem without removing the tire is impossible in a vehicle with a TPMS system attached to the valve stem. Unfortunately, many modern vehicles have this feature.
Once you verify that, then you can proceed with the replacement by following these steps:
Step 1: Use the lug nut wrench to remove each nut of the wheel separately, and then a jack to lift and hold the position of the side of the vehicle where the tire is affected.
Step 2: You must unmount the wheel and place it on the ground.
Step 3: Take the valve stem removal tool to uninstall the valve core of the tire to deflate the tire.
Step 4: After deflating the tire, use a sledgehammer to detach the bead from the rim. You will need an iron to achieve this.
Step 5: Now that the bead has been separated, use a needle-nose hose plier to uninstall the damaged valve stem and replace it with the new one.
Step 6: After making the swap, remove the tire from the rim and press it down with force to ensure the bead is fixed securely. After attaching the tire to the wheel, you can inflate it with an air compressor.
Step 7: Remember to test for any leaks after inflating the tire. Before you mount the wheel to the car, run soapy water over the step and inspect the base. If you see any bubbles, it means the valve is not intact. If otherwise, then there’s no leak
Step 8: Now that you’re done, you can reinstall the wheel and remove the jack.
Why You Shouldn’t Replace Valve without Removing The Tire
While it is technically possible to replace a valve stem without removing the tire, it is not recommended due to the potential dangers and the difficulty of doing so properly. Removing the tire from the wheel is best to replace the valve stem safely and effectively.
In other words, you can replace a valve stem without removing the tire, but it could be better.
The above steps on exchanging a damaged valve stem for a new one by detaching the beads from the rims are achievable if you have the right tools and are confident in your experience fixing tires.
If otherwise, I recommend you do the replacement correctly.
● First, deflate the tire
● Remove the tire from the wheel
● Access the valve stem from the inside of the tire.
● This will allow you to investigate the tire properly to spot any further damage. It will also help you confirm that the new valve stem is installed properly.
Can you change a valve stem without replacing the sensor?
Some valve stems have clam-in sensors attached to the sensor body. If the item is damaged, you will also need to replace the sensor. If you ignore this replacement, it can lead to future leaks.
How often should valve stems be replaced?
Whenever you replace your tires, that is a perfect time to replace your valve stems. So there is no rule written in stone, but when you don’t observe the rule of replacement as frequently as you change your tires, you risk experiencing leaks or total air loss.
This is because the rubber components of the tire valve stem are prone to crack and dry out over time.
The Bottom Line
It is a challenge to replace a valve stem without removing the tire. While it is possible, it is generally recommended that you allow an expert to do it.
If you want to replace your damaged valve stem without involving a trained mechanic, you can follow the steps shared above—as long as you are confident in your experience of fixing tires.