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Mini valve caps

Went to check tyres pressures on my mini couldnt undo valve caps by hand. came back home for a spanner 10mm tried again but none would undo frightened of damaging valve ste any ideas.

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Sounds like someone tightened them up too much when the pressures were last checked. Back in England it was common to have these type of  valve caps stolen so most owners either fitted the cheap horrible black plastic type or put a spanner to the originals. If in doubt run it into your local dealer and if he breaks it he has to replace it.

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