Tyre Care, Valves

A guide to the essentials of tyre valves

Tyre valves...not exactly the most exciting aspect of motoring! However, it is important to: 

• Ensure that the tyre and wheel combination on your vehicle is fitted with the appropriate valve and valve cap. Both valve and valve cap play a very important part in the tyre’s ability to maintain air pressure, tyre service-life and vehicle safety in general

• Whilst the valve does its work of allowing air in and out of the tyre as required, it deteriorates with age and should therefore be changed every time a new tyre is fitted, or if the tyre is removed for repair or examination

• Always use valve caps which have an internal seal that is in good condition. The valve cap retains the air within the tyre and also prevents dirt or grit getting into the valve. Do not over tighten the valve cap as this can damage the seal and allow any air seeping past the valve to escape from the tyre

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About the author

Dean Richardson

Dean is a Regional Director for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protech Academy. The Protech Academy is a centre of excellence where the Protyre team learn the latest mechanical knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and develop their expertise to share with our customers at their local garage. The Academy is also designed to help us stay ahead of the ever changing automotive market by ensuring we have the best skills available to deal with advanced driver assist systems, hybrid/ electric vehicles in addition to all the new technology finding their way into our vehicles. During Dean's career he has worked for some of the biggest names in the fast-fit and mechanical aftermarket and as the man responsible for developing our people and their mechanical skills he is ideally suited to help provide advice in the latest in car technology and ongoing maintenance of your vehicle no matter how new or old it maybe.

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