Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Wheel damage due to bent valve stem or vice versa?
Has anyone had a wheel get damaged from a bent valve stem? It's a chicken/egg question.
When getting a new rear tire mounted today, the dealer discovered that the valve stem is bent about 5*, but the really weird thing is that where the valve stem comes out of the wheel the raised section around the valve stem hole is actually separating from the wheel, i.e. there is a crack visible about half way around the circle. Very strange. The dealer is claiming that something must have impacted the stem hard enough to damage the wheel, BUT there is no visible sign of any sort of impact to either the wheel or the stem.
One of the techs thought that it might have been a casting flaw that caused a weak spot on the wheel, although this begs the question as to what caused it to crack.
I'm stumped on this and am hoping (probably the wrong word) that someone else has come kind of information or experience about this.