What could go wrong with a valve stem? Looks simple enough. I've got a metal stem tube from 94 or 95 and I can't get air to go in it. When you remove the valve core air doesn't come out either. Stick a wire in it and it stops where the stem joins the tube. What could be wrong there?
You wouldn't by any chance have those balancing beads in your tubes would you?
Corey,I have never heard of such of a thing!!! I would try some PB Blaster (penetrating catalyst) in the valve stem and let it soak. Then try it again.
Some of the import tubes have some rubber flashing from manufacture in the stem, if you are careful you can take a small drill bit and ream out the stem using a small hand held chuck. KGB
You haven't at some time put Green Slime or some other stop leak in it before have you? If the tire has air in it you can remove the "valve core" then with your air house attached to an air jet see if that will clear it. If that doesn't work use weedeater line to probe with a little force using some needle nose pliers to add force without the same amount of fear in puncturing the tube.
Not all air chucks are the same. I have come across several cases that the needle in the chuck would not depress the needle in the valve core. Try a different chuck and worked fine.
My first thought when reading this was the same as Mark Gregush. Some of the import air chucks don't work right.
Yep, same thing happened to me...air chuck issue.
Corey said in his original post that he removed the valve core and air still won't go in or out, so the air chuck can't be the only issue.
And a wire inserted into the empty stem..."and it stops where the stem joins the tube"
Something has plugged the stem???
Corey, have you always had possession of the tube? Do you know if perhaps a former "caretaker" of the auto put "slime" or some other substance in the tire?
Get an ice pick and carefully try to poke it through. After much head scratching and doing this and that eventually you will may have to do this or something like it.
Some of the el - cheapo Air Chucks don't work well on vintage tire valve stems. You probably need to step up to a USA made chuck. Home Depot has good ones, Harbor freight has the Chinese made cheapies.
Understand that the there may be blockage in the stem, the info about the chuck is for other people reading this that may have the same problem.
I've had that tube since 94 or 95, no slime, balacing beads or patches. I tried to poke a hole with a wire but I don't know what I'd be puncturing. I got it to take air slowly and think I got enough in there. A gauge wont work because air won't come out even without the valve core.
"I tried to poke a hole with a wire but I don't know what I'd be puncturing."
Unless you put in a long drill that reaches across to the other side of the tube, anything you would be puncturing needs to be punctured.
Corey: Had the same problem with a tube of about the same era. I ran small drill bit down it and that fixed it. Dan