Inflation valves replacement

A damaged or malfunctioning inflation/deflation valve is a typical problem and could happen due to: lost valve cap, air leakage through inlet opening, air leakage between the valve body and tube fabric. In most cases the best way out would be to replace the valve, which you can do at the dealer’s service room or by yourself (in this case you need a special tool for valve replacement). Below are a few tips on how to do it yourself.

To dismantle the valve:

  1. STEP 1. Deflate the inflatable tube of the boat.
  2. STEP 2. Squeeze the valve nut through the tube fabric by hand or by any mechanical means (something like vice) gently, without damaging the tube material.
  3. STEP 3. Insert the valve tool and screw out the valve body from the valve nut (the nut stays inside the tube).

To install the valve:

  1. STEP 1. Insert the valve nut inside the tube.
  2. STEP 2. Put some marine sealant onto the valve treads and the surface that contacts the fabric.
  3. STEP 3. Screw up the valve body to the valve nut by hand, and tighten it then by means of a valve tool, holding the valve nut through the fabric (same as when dismantling).
  4. STEP 4. Leave the valve for a 24-hour sealant cure.
  5. STEP 5. Check the air tightness with the soapy water.
Inflation valves replacement
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