Why did my valve stem for my 2010 Kia Soul break? Which will cost me $200.00 to replace. I love driving my little Kia. I was told Montgomery Kia/ Chevrolet Preston Hwy Louisville KY personnel that, it is not covered under bumper to bumper warranty. They said that it is manufacturing defect and it was not broken by them. The Stem is not covered by the warranty. A reason why it broke is that a long stem air hose chuck was used to replace the air. Individuals wiggling the long extension air chuck, can bend and break off the computerized air valve. I believe in keeping good air pressure in my tires- saves gas and tire wear. I believe that, Whether I had used or service attendant had used a shorted air stem chuck on this valve stem to this tire. It still would have broken off. And when the air hose extension chuck used on this tire, air hose was removed for air stem of this tire- the stem came with the extension chuck. This tire on the driver side front has several times registered air pressure was low on my dash lights the last six months. The tires on vehicles sometime lose air pressure, the weather changes from normal temperatures, to lower cold temperatures.
I was told by one of Montgomery Kia technicians, that this is manufacturing defect of the company that makes this computerized valve air stem. While I was making an appointment with the dealership to replace the defective stem. If this is manufacturing defect, if the air stem on this tire had lost air pressure while my Kia Soul was in motion on the highway. This would be considered a blow out. As my Kia Soul was sitting still, the tire went flat immediately.
I have very good records of service done on my Kia, which all recommends service checks have been done at Montgomery Kia. Till the manufacture defective valve stem broke and deflated at car service station. I had them replace the air stem with regular valve stem. Which since 2008, most vehicles have this feature- letting you know went tire pressure is low. This is a very good feature on my KIA. But the company or companies that manufacturing this computerized valve stem. By the way, if anyone has a Hyundai 2008-2012, you have the same computerized valve stems in your tires like me. Valve stem on a tire before 2008 , you basically had to rip up the metal rim of a tire or unscrew the core of valve stem out for the a tire to go flat . Not because the valve stems were manufactured with defect parts. The computerized valve stem to me, has alloyed (metal) fatigued. I believe in safe lighter vehicles , but you need dependable tires , rims and valve stems on the vehicles. If your engine blow-up, you will come to a rolling stop. If your computerized valve stems break on one your tires, you may be in an accident. Accident with one car(your) or more.
If this manufacturing defect, from a company that produced this computerized valve stem to me, should this be a recall from Kia. How many vehicles that are on the road, that this company manufacturing defective computerized valve stems? How many Fords, Chevrolets, Hondas, Toyotas, and KIA on the road today.
Monetary Loss: $200.