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MX Tire Issues

Discussion in 'Model X' started by LoveMX, Oct 28, 2019.

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How often do you check tire pressure

Poll closed Oct 27, 2020.
  1. Every Week

    6 vote(s)
    30.0%
  2. Every Month

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Once a Year

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  4. Every 50 Miles

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Every 50-100 Miles

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Every 100-150 Miles

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Every 150-200 Miles

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Every 200+ Miles

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  9. Other

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. LoveMX

    LoveMX Member

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    How often do you rotate the tires and check the pressure on your MX?

    SC forgot to screw back the valve stem cap (the small cap that is screwed on the valve that's used to pump air into the tire).

    Amazon reviews for 3rd party valve stem caps are bad; reviews mention caps getting fused to the valve stem leading to expensive repairs.

    Where can I buy the OEM caps for continental MX tires to avoid this issue?
     
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  2. Sandiegodoug

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    No rotation, front smaller than back tires.
     
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  3. forkee

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    There's a setting on the main screen that let's you monitor tire pressure continuously.

    Can't rotate staggered setup

    Go to service center to get the most OEM you could get. They will probably give it to you for a couple bucks or even free. Mine are just from America's tire. Their just regular tire caps, nothing special. Not sure why Amazon's would melt.
     
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  4. ShawnA

    ShawnA Supporting Member

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    Hi Forkee,

    I can tell you why the Amazon's melt... The melting ones are made of Aluminum...
    They can be anodized a variety of nice colors to match or complement your car's color.
    I got some years ago for my wife's Honda. Looked great, but I could barely get them off.
    In Michigan, the road salt in winter does a great job of melting them.
    It's really galvanic corrosion with the brass valve stems.
    Once they were removed they went into the trash very quickly.

    Now I use genuine plastic or stainless steel if I can find them in stainless.

    Shawn
     
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  5. Uncle Paul

    Uncle Paul Well-Known Member

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    Best valve caps are plastic and have little "0" rings inside to maintain pressure.
     
  6. LoveMX

    LoveMX Member

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    Will the plastic not melt due to heat?

    Has anyone been able to purchase the OEM part for continental tires of the MX online?
     
  7. LoveMX

    LoveMX Member

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    Planning to drop by the SC to ask.
     
  8. KrenGrl

    KrenGrl Member

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    never rotate tires and got even wear on last set. Never check tire pressure manually since the car reports it to me. I got after market valve stems 2 years ago and they are fine. not fusing as mentioned above.
     
  9. KrenGrl

    KrenGrl Member

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    Melt? Wouldn't that mean if is getting so hot that the tires would have a problem too. Never thought anything would get so hot
     
  10. mswlogo

    mswlogo Well-Known Member

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    Caps don't (normally) maintain pressure. They are strictly to keep dirt / water out of the valve that does hold the pressure.

    Sure an O-ring could keep the valve cleaner.
     
  11. mswlogo

    mswlogo Well-Known Member

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    Seize is probably a better word. Probably because of dissimilar metals.
     
  12. boelkers

    boelkers Member

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    I had a similar issue where I'm quite sure the SC forgot to put a cap back on my tire. The next time I brought the car back in I asked for them to replace the missing one. They did it no questions asked and without charging me. I would have paid had they asked.
     

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