Trailer tyre valve stem failure





Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Garsfontein
    Age
    41
    Posts
    1,277
    Thanked: 506

    Default Trailer tyre valve stem failure

    So I was taking my luggage trailer somewhere to have it quoted to replace the 100 pcd hubs and wheels to fit ford 108 pcd wheels (it can then take the same wheels as my towing vehicles 14"wheels and if I get a Ecosport that too) and have the inside rubberised.

    Coming from the R24 onto the N12/R24 I saw my trailer had a flat left tyre (trailer was skew in rear view mirror) and pulled over. Inspecting the wheel I notice the valve stem is all cracked at the bottom and letting the air out.

    The right side wheel valve stem is also cracked but not all the way to let air out.

    Trailer is 4 years old and has done less than 10 000km. I had to wait 1 and a half hours for AA to come (just because I had forgotten the deep size 24 socket at home, and also no vice grip or shifting spanner, required to take the spare off because it was a spur of the moment trip, else I would have been done and dusted in 10 minutes), one example why its good idea to have the same wheels on car and trailer, could just have used my cars spare wheel easily. Even the AA guy only had up to size 23 spanner and a too shallow 24 socket. Luckily he had a vice grip.

    What's the best preventative maintenance/implementation that I need to do beyond the obvious checking more often and replacing if cracks appear?
    Last edited by supersunbird; 2014/11/06 at 08:57 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Durbanville, Otjiwarongo
    Age
    43
    Posts
    2,755
    Thanked: 101

    Default

    Does the trailer stand in the sun? My father used to have a piece of wood that fitted under the trailer wheel arch from the floor and covered the wheel from the elements.
    Talk softly, carry a big stick.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Garsfontein
    Age
    41
    Posts
    1,277
    Thanked: 506

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles View Post
    Does the trailer stand in the sun? My father used to have a piece of wood that fitted under the trailer wheel arch from the floor and covered the wheel from the elements.
    Nope, under a carport.

    Its getting new wheels anyway. From now on I'll just inspect it more often (in fact I never inspected it before, since I have never had a valve stem issue on a car because I drive so much any tyre never gets older than 2 and a bit years), its not like its an expensive item to maintain.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Strand
    Posts
    1,086
    Thanked: 21

    Default

    Fit metal stems, not that expensive.
    I might be a FOOL, but I am an OLD fool - from unknown.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    joburg
    Age
    46
    Posts
    1,137
    Thanked: 361

    Default

    I had a dog who's party trick was to munch all the valve stems! Frustrating to find 4 flat tyres on all the cars he could get to as you can't just pump them up. Metal stems sorted my car but I didn't get many overnight visitors for years. But was surprised at how many stems were already quite cracked.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Nelspruit
    Age
    62
    Posts
    363
    Thanked: 16

    Default

    I had the same issue with my BB, and it was stored out of the elements

Similar Threads

  1. Part catalogs & other useful info
    By charlatan in forum Jeep
    Replies: 92
    Last Post: 2017/04/15, 11:31 AM
  2. Nosecone on an Echo 3 trailer
    By swerwer in forum Trailers, Caravans, Towing etc
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 2014/11/24, 06:57 PM
  3. LRP Petrol in Mozambique
    By 1lIFE in forum Mozambique
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 2013/12/29, 10:31 AM
  4. Tyre Pressure Sensor (valve) KJ
    By Lehandre in forum Jeep
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 2011/07/25, 12:53 PM
  5. Grand Cherokee Error code
    By Nick47 in forum Jeep
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 2010/08/30, 01:28 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •