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Tyre valve cores.

How to check and replace in the event of a slow puncture.

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From time to time, a tyre (tire) on an old car of mine might develop a slow puncture - in other words, it loses air over the course of several days. Air leaks can be caused by a number of issues. Perhaps the most common is the simple puncture, where a sharp object such as a nail, or a piece of glass, has punctured the carcass of the tyre, and - if applicable - the inner tube within. Tubes can often be repaired or replaced at home, using no more than suitable tyre levers and strength. Where a tyre that doesn't have an inner tube is punctured, this repair is best left to a tyre repair shop.
Over the years I've also found that many tyres that lose pressure over time, do so as a result of the valve core - ie the assembly within the valve - developing a leak. Fortunately, they can be straightforward to test and replace. All you need are a few spare valve cores (for example the Schrader type) and a suitable tool to remove the core from the valve. Obviously a footpump, or tyre inflator, will be required afterwards to re-inflate the tyre once the valve core has been swapped.
I put the following video together to show how I checked and replaced a couple of the tyre valve cores on my old Volvo, I hope it proves to be of use. If you have any comments to add to the video, please post them direct to the Youtube video below, thanks.
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