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Old 06-15-2019, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TPMS valve stems---leaking

I've got one TPMS valve stem that is leaking on my '15 sienna.

Tighten the nut some more or bring it to a tire shop?

My gut says just tighten the nut, but I'm often wrong. Enlighten me.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it loose?
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All 5 of them in my 4runner leaked. I put a small piece of electrical tape over the light on the dash and the problem went away.
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All 5 of them in my 4runner leaked. I put a small piece of electrical tape over the light on the dash and the problem went away.
So, the air in the tires was leaking out thru the dash? You musta had the onboard tire deflation option. Was it 4moggers old rig with the portal axles? I don't have that on my minivan.
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I've got one TPMS valve stem that is leaking on my '15 sienna.

Tighten the nut some more or bring it to a tire shop?

My gut says just tighten the nut, but I'm often wrong. Enlighten me.
They will most likely crack because you live in Canada and we has corrosion .

I'd suggest buying some 33500's and tossing them in. The batteries probably only have a year or two left in them anyway before they start becoming unreliable.
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Why is this a question?
If you attempt to tighten and it still leaks it needs to go to a tire shop. I cannot believe you need someone to explain something so simple to you
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why is this a question?
If you attempt to tighten and it still leaks it needs to go to a tire shop. I cannot believe you need someone to explain something so simple to you
How about:

"every time I tighten one it breaks and I'm fucked on the side of the road, so you should wait until you have a replacement before you fuck with it"

or

"it's not sealed by tightening against a rubber washer, there's an o-ring inside the bore, so tightening it won't help"

or

"yep, snug it up works 100% of the time"

I live in butt-fuck ontario and don't have a shit-ton of tire shops around. Most anything I buy has to be from amazon, or I pay out the ass. Amazon takes a few days to a few weeks, so if there's something I should buy I'd like to buy it now and have it on hand before I fuck with things.

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Why is this a question?
If you attempt to tighten and it still leaks it needs to go to a tire shop. I cannot believe you need someone to explain something so simple to you
If you tighten it then the nut will likely crack.
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The ally screw in stems corrode and 9/10 break when trying to tighten or remove them.

If you wanna gamble you can try and tighten it, my guess, if it’s leaking it’s corroded and is probably gonna break.
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I just had this issue.

2 were leaking

I tightened them both up and fixed one completely and the other leaks so slowly it takes a just couple of lbs every few weeks to get it back to spec.

So tighten them up some, only takes a bit, don't crank them
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Old 06-15-2019, 05:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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They will most likely crack because you live in Canada and we has corrosion .

I'd suggest buying some 33500's and tossing them in. The batteries probably only have a year or two left in them anyway before they start becoming unreliable.
This. Exactly this.
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the aluminum ones are always siezed hard around here and they leak, but if you touch them you're going to be fucked when they just leak a hundred times worse or break off

at work we just got a setup from autel that lets you clone sensors, you scan the one in the wheel and it writes the serial number to the new one. Plus side is you only stock the one sensor, and atop that you can get the ones with rubber stems like GM started using a bit back, so you can get rubber stems on stuff that would normally not be able to.

not that that is helpful to you
take all four sensors out, put them in a PVC pipebomb with a stem in one of the caps, pressurize that to whatever and toss it in the center console
or take the cluster out and cut the traces to the tire light LED
use normal rubber stems that won't leak
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've got one TPMS valve stem that is leaking on my '15 sienna.

Tighten the nut some more or bring it to a tire shop?

My gut says just tighten the nut, but I'm often wrong. Enlighten me.
My gf's avenger had a leaking tpms. She used to be an asst mgr at a walmart store with a TLE so she took it there. They fixed it in 20 min for 10 bucks.

Made me nervous cuz....walmart.....but lugs were torqued properly, pressure at 32, and it has not leaked since.

Shortly after that her oil pan bit the dust. Local shop wanted $700-something to replace two weeks later. I got an oil pan off summit for $40 and replaced it in an hour. Not related but....wtf.
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If you OVER tighten it then the nut will likely crack.
ftfy.

X2 on get replacement in hand, then tighten. But try turning counter-clockwise first, to see if it's just loose.
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ftfy.

X2 on get replacement in hand, then tighten. But try turning counter-clockwise first, to see if it's just loose.
Got nothing to do with over tightening. They corrode and crack on their own. Have yet to remove one of those nuts and not have it crack. That is why I switched to rubber stem tpms on my last truck. 3 nut failures in 4 years.
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the aluminum ones are always siezed hard around here and they leak, but if you touch them you're going to be fucked when they just leak a hundred times worse or break off

at work we just got a setup from autel that lets you clone sensors, you scan the one in the wheel and it writes the serial number to the new one. Plus side is you only stock the one sensor, and atop that you can get the ones with rubber stems like GM started using a bit back, so you can get rubber stems on stuff that would normally not be able to.

not that that is helpful to you
take all four sensors out, put them in a PVC pipebomb with a stem in one of the caps, pressurize that to whatever and toss it in the center console
or take the cluster out and cut the traces to the tire light LED
use normal rubber stems that won't leak
I have the Autel tpms tool too. It is pretty slick. I won’t reinstall metal tpms sensors here in the rust belt.
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ftfy.

X2 on get replacement in hand, then tighten. But try turning counter-clockwise first, to see if it's just loose.
Someone has never worked on cars in the rust belt.
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