How to Check Your Tyre Valves

By Mariana Saenzpardo

Tyre valves are essential in helping to maintain your vehicle's tyre pressure and allowing air to be either added or let out of your tyres. They can also be vital in whether your car passes or needs one of Protyre's free MOT retests.

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These valves are only small but they are an extremely important element of your vehicle and can play a vital part in maintaining safety, performance and durability; however, they can only do this work effectively if they are in good condition.

They also need to be sturdy and intact to add an important second seal to your tyre, preventing dirt and dust getting inside. You may be thinking 'When should my car be serviced?' and making sure that your valves are checked at the same time; however, this could be too late if there is already damage present.

Your vehicle's tyre valves will normally be made of rubber, which gives them flexibility. Over time and with use, the integrity and performance of this rubber can start to deteriorate. It is also possible for valves to become damaged due to their continual exposure to environmental conditions and the force they are subjected to when your vehicle is being driven.

Damaged tyre valves are not an expensive problem to fix but they are an extremely important consideration when maintaining your vehicle. Fortunately, you can rely on your local Protyre garage to replace valves with new ones if needed; in addition, a complete range of services is offered, including MOTs and free retests.

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Our professionals are also available to replace sensors in TPMS valves, which are now routinely fitted on many new cars. These valves look like traditional valves from the outside; however, inside the tyre casing is a sensor to monitor your tyre pressure.

The sensor is designed to detect any irregularities in pressure and to report these to you. This is an extremely useful safety feature; however, your tyre valves must be in good condition to ensure you receive the most benefit.

You may have become accustomed to relying on your TPMS valves' sensors rather than manually checking your tyres. This can be a mistake, especially if you fail to notice that one or more of your sensors is not working properly. It is vital to check your tyres regularly and not leave it to the professionals at car servicing intervals. If you are in doubt about anything to do with your tyre valves, the experts at Protyre are on hand to help - simply book your free check at a garage near you.

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By Mariana Saenzpardo
Mariana is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protyre website.
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