Auto Repair Services

Valve Stem & TPMS Services

Your tire’s valve stem is what keeps your tire inflated and allows you to add or remove air from your tire. All vehicles manufactured after 2007 come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that works with the valve stem to monitor your tire’s air pressure. If you’re experiencing problems with either of these components, head to your local Virginia Tire & Auto to receive expert service for both valve stems and your TPMS.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

What is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?

TPMS is a default feature on all vehicles manufactured after 2007. Your TPMS monitors your tire pressure and alerts you when the pressure drops below your vehicle’s recommended level by 25% or more. If the TPMS light on your dashboard comes on, you should check your tires’ air pressure immediately.

Read: What All the Symbols on Your Dashboard Mean

While the TPMS sensors are certainly helpful if you have a hidden leak in your tire, they can trigger false alarms when the air temperature changes or if they are improperly installed. Each time you get new tires, Virginia Tire & Auto’s expert technicians reinstall your TPMS sensors with new valves and seals to make sure that the only false alarms you experience are when the unpredictable Virginia climate springs into action.

How Do I Know When to Have My TPMS checked?

If your TPMS light is solid, you need to check your tire pressure as soon as possible. If the TPMS light is flashing, that means you have a communication issue between the vehicle and one or more of the sensors.

Either way, bring your vehicle to Virginia Tire & Auto for professional service. Our team will gladly check your tire pressure for free, and we’ll use a specialized TPMS scan tool to check the sensors.

TPMS Service at Virginia Tire & Auto

When you bring your car to Virginia Tire & Auto for TPMS service, our automotive experts go through the following steps:

  • Testing your TPMS sensors to know which ones need replaced
  • Checking your tires’ air pressure
  • Removing and replacing any pressure sensors, if needed
  • Resetting the sensors
  • Replacing the TPMS Service Kit (includes the valve core, cap, nut and O-ring) before remounting the tires

The cost of this service depends on whether your vehicle needs a TPMS Service Kit, a TPMS reset and/or a sensor replacement. You will need to reset the TPMS and install a new Service Kit every time you replace your tires.

A TPMS reset comes with all new tires as part of our tires& package, and TPMS Service Kits are $9.95/tire. Sensor replacements can be pretty expensive, but you should only need to replace the sensors every 5–7 years or 70,000 miles.

Valve Stems

Each tire and wheel combination requires a specific valve stem that allows air to enter or leave the tire. The valve stem is a critical piece of your tire that can mean the difference between a properly inflated tire and one that loses air, putting your vehicle at risk of accidents or costly repairs.

You can check your tires’ valve stems for cracks when you check your tire pressure. Need a new valve stem? Don’t stress–it’s just $3/tire to install new valve stems. The Tire Industry Association (TIA) recommends that valves be replaced whenever new tires are installed as well.

Whether you’re getting new tires, having your tires serviced or needing TPMS or valve stem repair, trust the automotive experts at your local Virginia Tire & Auto to get the job done right the first time.

Why choose Virginia Tire & Auto?

There is a reason why customers continue to come back to Virginia Tire & Auto over their dealers. We provide unmatched service to customers at all of our locations across Virginia. At each of our locations, you will find comfortable lounges, free coffee and tea, and options like loaner cars so your life does not have to stop for car care. We are committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied with our service.

Our Difference.

We’re different from other repair shops. We invest heavily in our employees, tools and facilities to ensure that experts with the right equipment service your vehicle in a clean, friendly environment. Our technicians work hard to stay on top of repair technology and tire services. We believe in being friendly, helpful and honest with every customer who comes through our doors.

We service all major automotive brands.

We service all major automotive brands including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, RAM, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Our Guarantee

We’re 100% committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied. We’ve spent more than 40 years doing things the right way, and that’s why it’s part of our culture to make sure you’re in the most friendly, comfortable and honest environment possible. And it’s also why our warranty not only covers all our services but will also be honored at all our locations, too.

Helpful Articles

  • How Does Cold Weather Impact Tire Pressure?

    Tired of that tire pressure light coming on every time the temperature changes? We break down how to make sure your car is safe to drive in cold weather conditions.

  • Is It Time to Replace Your TPMS System?

    The Tire Pressure Monitoring System ensures safe driving, improves fuel economy and increases tire life by proactively alerting the driver to an underinflated tire. Replacing the unit before it fails is money well spent.

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