How to Remove a Tire Valve Core

Removing the valve stem

    First, remove the valve cap. As the cap is small and easily lost, put it in your pocket or some other safe place.

    Using your valve stem removal tool or a slotted metal valve cap, turn the valve stem counterclockwise several turns until it comes out of the valve. You will feel and hear a rush of air if the tire is pressurized. As with your valve cap, put the valve stem in a safe place, as it is small and easy to lose.

    After the tire is depressurized, replace the valve stem by starting it in a clockwise direction with your fingers then finishing with the valve stem removal tool or slotted metal valve cap. You will need it when you re-pressurize the tire and a small part like that is easily lost if not replaced immediately.


  • Removing the valve cap causes a blast of air that can easily blow dirt or contaminants into your eyes. Always wear eye protection and keep your face clear of the immediate vicinity of the valve.

Things Needed

  • You will need a valve stem removal tool. There is a wide variety of such tools available, and most are not expensive. Some are valve caps with a notched tube on the top; slotted metal valve caps come in packages of four and only cost a few dollars. Such valve caps are particularly useful for bicyclists, as it provides an easy way to carry the tool.

About the Author

Walt Boelter has worked as an electrician, a submariner, a teacher, a facilities manager, a welder, and a writer among other things. He earned his associate's (City University, 1990), bachelor's (Excelsior, 1992), and master's degree in technical communications (University of Washington, 2005) all while working full time. He has been writing technical procedures and manuals since 1988.