While the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on many Mercedes vehicles is a handy feature, it isn't without its problems. Due to the design of the valve stems, corrosion and damage can cause them to leak. While this is a concern with the wheels on your car, your car's computer system will detect a leak when it starts and warn you that it needs to be corrected.
In the case of your spare tire, however, the problem can be more of a hassle. A leaking spare tire valve stem can mean that your spare tire is completely flat when you go to use it. This can leave you stranded on the side of the road or unable to get where you need to go. Our experienced team can inspect your tire valve stems if you are having any issues and make all necessary repairs and replacements to keep your tires fully inflated at all times.
How to Avoid Cracked Valve Stems
The design of your TPMS valve stems includes metallic caps that can cause premature corrosion of the valve stems. Brass valve stem internals can also create corrosion issues when coupled with the metallic caps. One simple solution is to have us replace the metallic valve stem caps on your Mercedes with traditional rubber ones. This will eliminate the risk of corrosion and the resultant cracking that can occur.
Physical damage to the valve stems can also cause them to crack or break. Always avoid hitting or forcing your tire valve stems. This goes for your spare tire as well. Ensure it is stored properly according to the instructions supplied with your Mercedes and never store additional items on or in the spare tire cavity of your vehicle. This will help avoid bending and cracking your valve stem, ensuring your spare is ready and pressurized when you need it.
Come to Burdi Motorworks for Service
When you detect a problem with your tire pressures or valve stems, your best solution in the Chicago area is to come to Burdi Motorworks. You can contact us and arrange for a service appointment at our shop. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians will quickly diagnose and repair your tire valve stem issues and use the right replacement parts to get your vehicle back on the road in no time.