Help! My Volkswagen Model’s Air Valve Caps Won’t Come Off! What Do I Do?
How to Loosen Tight Tire Air Valve Caps
As we all know, proper tire maintenance helps make them last longer – and it can help your Volkswagen perform better! One way to keep your tires properly maintained is to keep them filled with the proper amount of air pressure (hint: take a look in the driver’s door jamb of your Volkswagen model to find out the recommended air pressure weight for your vehicle). When the air pressure starts to go down, we need to either pull out our air compressor tank or drive someplace (typically a gas station) that offers air for your tires.
On occasion, we may find that the air valve caps on our tires are REALLY tight and incredibly difficult to remove. This usually happens if it has been a while since you filled the tires or you just started driving a different vehicle (new or used).
Luckily, we have some tips to help you loosen up those tight caps.
First, make sure that you are twisting the air valve caps in the proper direction: lefty-loosey, righty-tighty.
If those air valve caps are still stuck and you are at home, go to your kitchen and open your drawer of cooking utensils. Underneath your stash of spatulas, whisks, and measuring spoons, there should be a rubber jar opener that you got from some random vendor at an event you attended a few years ago. Bring it out to your garage and try using it to twist off your Volkswagen model’s air valve caps. They should come off more easily now. Keep the rubber jar opener in your glove box for future use – either when the valve caps get too tight again or you get really hungry for pickles while out on the road.
If you don’t want to keep your jar opener out in your glovebox because you need it for your pickles and other jars of food in the kitchen, specialty air valve cap removal tools are available – including this one from Amazon Smile that can even hold the cap while you are adding air (because we all have dropped the cap at some point and struggled with finding it or retrieving it from under our Volkswagen)!
If you have any questions about tire maintenance for your Volkswagen, please contact our service department here at Douglas Volkswagen and schedule an appointment.