- Jan 22, 2011
Allen wrenches and inserts with holes in them do the same thing. I knew a guy that ended up with 6 stitches from doing that.
Dan, that's a bad one - and probably why it's a get-your-cards-and-get-out here in England (and probably most of Europe) and would get worker and company a prosecution and big fines if caught / an injury resulted. How long does it take to unscrew the valve core, 20 seconds?Compressed air, or the release of it, ended my 35 year carrier as a mechanic. When replacing tires for many years, I have released the air from the tire by poking a small hole in the sidewall of the tire. The LAST time I did it, the tire (probably over inflated) split open about 8". The rapidly escaping air blew the knife out of my hand and 3" into my left knee. After healing time, physical therapy and then surgery, I can no longer spend much time on my feet before my knee is in a good bit of pain. Now I am a service adviser, chained to a desk. Taking a lot of getting used to. Also started a gun shop to build a little more freedom for myself.
Dave, not that it makes it ant better, but the reason for doing it that way is that the core seizes in the stem. The valve stem is also the tire pressure sensor and is aluminum. The valve core is steel. dissimilar metals and they corrode and break if you try to remove them. The cost to replace one and program to car is $275 US. All it takes is one time for the cost of trying to save the customer that cost is very high. I consider my self very fortunate, it could have been much worse.Dan, that's a bad one - and probably why it's a get-your-cards-and-get-out here in England (and probably most of Europe) and would get worker and company a prosecution and big fines if caught / an injury resulted. How long does it take to unscrew the valve core, 20 seconds?
Dave H. (the other one)
I knew a guy back in the '70's who lost a friend that worked at a tire shop. He was changing a tire on an old-style snap ring wheel. Did something a little too hastily, and the snap ring blew off. Took most of his head with it. Not too many tire shops will even touch those things anymore.Back in 1980, when I went through the Army truck drivers school at Ft Dix, NJ, They had a bunch of us changing tires on the two piece split rims, with a pry bar, sledge hammers, and an air hose.