Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern Canada
Valve stem broke off! Need new stems for all tire. Help?
So, I haven't checked air in my tires for 5-6 months. And about a week ago I got the sign to check tire pressure. This was a cold morning and after driving for a while the light went away, so I knew it wasn't seriously low.
Anyways so I decided to check tire pressure and the first tire I went to unscrew the little valve cap. It was too tight, so I grabbed my multi-knife with small pliers I twisted the cap.
At that point I started to unscrew it, thinking that the cap had gotten loose, but the valve stem broke off and as I was loosing it, air was leaking out. So I grabbed JB weld from my Jeep and welded the entire thing back on to prevent more air from escaping.
That was a week ago and I didn't get the tire pressure light again because the weather has been warm. I tried to see if other wheels have a seized up stem cap. And turns out they do. I tried to unscrew the rear wheel and same thing. I had to JB weld this back together as well.
So I went to a Tire shop and They quoted me $160 (ONE TIRE) for replacing the TPMS sensor ($99) and $25 for re-programming and $25 labor and $5 shop supplies.
So I think they're gonna charge me $400 for the TPMS sensors for all four tires, and $100 labor and $100 for reprogramming.
So this is seriously expensive to replace broken valve stems. For less than $600, I can buy an after market TPMS system.
I looked online and the sensors go for $50 each this is $200 cheaper than the tire shop, still I'll need re-programming and time/place to do all the work.
So my question is, has anyone here done this before at home? Do I need to reprogram it, if I buy OEM Jeep sensor? if not, then is reprogramming easy and what tools are needed?
Should I just go with non-TPMS valve stem? will there be any problems other then the TPMS light being constantly on?