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Old 03-26-2010, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $500 down the drain.

I am never going to let the stealership service my vehicle again.

I had metal valve stem caps from the jet plane I used to work on, had them on my jeep for 4 years and no problems. Always used anti-seize and never had a problem. Until a good Chicago winter and a servicing at the Northbrook Toyota where the mouth breather wiped the anti-seize off the threads when he checked the tire pressure. They corroded solid and broke off when I tried to remove them.

So anyone reading this doesn't have the same fate as I had, the new valve stems have sensors attached to them and are made out of aluminum instead of brass and rust. Stay away from metal caps unless you have $500 to blow.

Only thing that makes me feel a little better about this is the guy at the dealership said I was the 3rd one in this year. It is all my fault but I still want to scream. I could have bought one **** of a nice rod and reel with that money. Thanks for listening.
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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made out of aluminum instead of brass and rust
I didnt think aluminum can rust



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Road salt will eat the [email protected] out of aluminum.
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Road salt will eat the [email protected] out of aluminum.
yes, it will PIT, not rust.

Either way, the threads would be shot.
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Road salt will eat the [email protected] out of aluminum.
yes, it will PIT, not rust.

Either way, the threads would be shot.[/quote:6i564561]

It is the same thing when pitting goes into the grain it becomes exfoliation and that is straight aluminum cancer.
I should have known better being a certified Naval aviation corrosion tech and aircraft painter. I knew better and it kicked my butt.
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Oh well, live and learn.I've still got a lot of learning to do.
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Oh well, live and learn.I've still got a lot of learning to do.
I know I sure do.
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The salt is brutal on your whole vehicle . They use a lot of it around here . Also dissimilar metals in contact with each other , in itself , causes corrosion . The Aluminum is the weaker metal .

Sorry to hear about your problems . I have heard of other road hazards breaking off the Alum. valve stems . Job Security . Cha Ching .
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The salt is brutal on your whole vehicle . They use a lot of it around here . Also dissimilar metals in contact with each other , in itself , causes corrosion . The Aluminum is the weaker metal .

Sorry to hear about your problems . I have heard of other road hazards breaking off the Alum. valve stems . Job Security . Cha Ching .
Glad I could do my part to stimulate the economy.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I feel your pain as I broke one off myself and had to take it to Toyota but I only got the high hard one for $250.

The new valve stems with the pressure sensor are the biggest scam to come down the pipe. It is mandated on all new cars and the shops are not allowed to disconnect the warning light which will stay on if you repalce the valve stems with the old style. You are forced to go to the dealer to get the computer recalibrated to turn the light off and the valve stems break all the time from a bit of pressure in the wrong direction or corroded valve stems as outlined.

The whole thing is BS because the a-holes in govt created a mandate saying we would reduce gas consumption with properly inflated tires that are constantly monitored. Studies have proven that habitually moderate underinflated tires only reduce MPG by about 1 mile. Thats a lot of miles driven to make up for the cost of a valve stem replacement.

A load of crap.

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