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Do you love the way your beautiful valve stem caps look on your car? The way the sun shines off the logo is just stunning. But if you think your Tire Valve caps are cool, so will the thief that likes to steal them to sell or just to add to his own collection. If you have gorgeous looking valve stem caps on your car, don’t be surprised if one day they just disappear! So what is the solution to this problem? Read on to discover a way that you can prevent your Tire Valve cap from being the target of thieves.
If you are tired of worrying about your valve stem cap being stolen, the solution to this problem lies in getting a theft proof valve cap. These caps make it almost impossible for a thief to steal because they require a key to be removed. You can try to turn these caps all you want, but since they are a locking valve cap, you cannot get them off. So how does this work?
These chrome tire pressure valve caps are made with an outer sleeve. This outer sleeve will shield the Tire Valve cap from any type of gripping force. This makes this lockable valve cap a theft proof valve cap! When you purchase these anti theft valve caps you will receive two small custom made aluminum key that will discreetly fit on your key chain. This key is the only tool you will need to remove your valve caps.
But these valve caps also perform another important function besides just deterring thieves. These tire pressure valve caps are equipped with high quality o-ring that form a snug seal. This rubber o-ring will stop any air leakage and act as a final seal should the tire valve stem fails and will help to maintain consistent air pressure in your tires. This will result in less blowouts, better gas mileage and more even wear on your tires.
Here are a few facts for you to consider. In one study performed by the Society of Automotive Engineers, 75% of tire failures were preceded by slow air leaks and insufficient tire pressure. 300,000 car accidents annually in the USA were caused by low tire pressure. It has been proven that an under inflated tire can reduce a car’s braking performance by 22%. That averages out to 32 feet of braking distance that is lost. Think about how important that is. So as you can see, proper tire inflation and maintenance are the key factors in both performance and safety.
The best way to deter thieves and to maintain your tire’s performance is to get a set of the theft proof valve caps. You will no longer have to worry about your tire valve caps disappearing!
Drive Safe, Be Safe.
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To install your new tires begin by deflating your current tires and removing them. If required use plastic tire levers but NEVER a metal screw driver; doing so may scar your rims.
To remove the tire:
1. Deflate the tire.
2. Remove half of the tire from the rim, starting at the opposite side of the valve – pull the bead over the rim; using a set of tire levers will help. Now work your way around ending at the Tire Valve.
3. Push the Tire Valve up slightly to help unset the last of the bead.
4. Once half the tire is off, pull the tire back so the valve stem will clear it and push the Tire Valve all the way out (away from the hub).
5. While holding the tube at the base of the valve, remove it from the tire. Your tire will now be half on and half off your rim and tubeless.
6. Remove the other half of the tire from the rim the same way you removed the first.
Once you’ve removed the tire and tube from your rim, take the time to inspect the condition of your rim. Check to ensure the tape is properly covering the nipple holes and is centered between the side walls. For wheels without rim tape, such as the Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels run your finger along the surface to ensure it is still smooth. Pay particular attention to the weld.
Before mounting the new tire on the rim, it’s a good time to inspect the condition of your side walls, look to see how much metal is remaining and run a damp cloth between the side walls to clean them. This will remove any debris that may be hiding.
To mount a new tire:
1. Unfold the tire so it forms a round shape – use your thumb on the inside of the tire to encourage it to form its shape.
2. Line the tire label up with the stem hole on the drive side.
3. Lift the first tire bead over the rim working from the stem hole around. Hold the tire in place so it doesn’t slip. You may require a tire lever for the last bit.
4. With the first bead over the rim put a small amount of air in the inner tube you are going to use so it has a roundish shape – consider a new tube or inspect current tube.
5. Pull the tire back so you can place the valve in the valve hole.
6. Working from the valve out place tube so it rests in the tire.
7. Working from the valve out lift the other bead over the rim surface.
8. Inspect to ensure that with the tire mounted there is no tube visible between the tire bead and rim
9. Inflate your tire to around 40psi and ensure tire is seated properly.
10. If everything is seated and the bead is grabbing the rim, inflate to your desired PSI.
Things to watch out for:
* Con caved side walls
* Old inner tube
* Bent or damaged spokes/nipples
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