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Dust Caps Detailed

Removal of tyre dust cap

Tyre valves control the airflow in and out of your tyres, maintaining their pressure and performance. Dust caps, or valve caps, are placed over the end of these valves to prevent dirt, moisture or debris from entering the valve – saving it from damage and other issues. Whilst a relatively cheap addition to a car, dust caps are actually vital for the safety of your vehicle. 

In this article, we’ll take you through the advantages of dust caps, the different types of dust cap and how to maintain their functionality. 

What are dust caps?

Dust caps cover the end of a car tyre valve to stop dirt, dust and debris from getting into the valve. You may have heard them called by other names, too, such as tyre valve caps or tyre caps. 

What are the benefits of dust caps?

As a cheap way to protect the health and hygiene of your valves, dust caps are a must for any car. The key advantages of dust caps are: 

  • If too much dust or other particulate matter enters your vehicle’s valve, it can cause damage – a dust cap prevents this from happening. 
  • Did you know? Dust caps also help regulate tyre pressure. If dust caps are faulty, missing or just not fitting properly, dust can enter the tyre and cause loss of tyre pressure by slowly forcing out air.  
  • The simple act of purchasing and fitting dust caps can save you the hassle, time and expense of repairing any issues caused by dirt entering your valves. 

Are there different types of dust caps?

In modern times, the majority of dust caps are made from affordable plastic and simply screw on over the entrance of the valve. Metal and alloy models are also available – this material costs a little more as they are sturdier than their plastic counterparts and often have an in-built seal. The only drawback of metal dust caps is that they are sometimes a target for theft. 

Do valve caps fit any car?

Most valve caps are one-size-fits-all, meaning you don’t have to hunt down a special dust cap for your particular car. If you want to be doubly sure, just confer with your car manufacturer or local garage. 

How do I maintain my dust caps?

Vibrations as a car travels may cause your dust caps to become loose or damaged, so give them a regular check to ensure they are still fitting well. If your dust caps are looking worse for wear, then it’s wise to get them replaced to ensure the performance of your vehicle and tyres does not suffer. 


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