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Old 05-31-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Nitrogen Tire Inflation... Believe In It...?

I got my oil changed yesterday and had a tire rotation done. The dude asked me if I was interested in a nitrogen tire inflation at an additional cost... I declined. The guy told me the benefits were exceptional pressure balance over time and improved fuel economy.

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http://www.getnitrogen.org/why/
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Proper tire pressure is a big deal.
Maintain it with nitrogen, and you'll see
these three primary benefits:


Increased Fuel Efficiency – Correct tire pressure keeps the manufacturer's recommended “contact patch” on the road. This lessens the rolling resistance and maximizes fuel efficiency. Read On...


Longer Tire Life – When it comes in contact with other materials, oxygen causes oxidation. Oxidation can make rubber brittle and cause it to lose tensile strength. In addition, at high temperatures and pressures, oxygen reacts and damages inner tire liners and belt packages; nitrogen does not.



Increased Safety – Under-inflated tires cause 90% of blowouts. Nitrogen provides more reliable pressure for reduced blowout potential. Read On...
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Nitrogen isn't dangerous. Were you thinking of Hydrogen?


Think of it this way, the air you breath is mostly nitrogen. The only benefits pure nitrogen has is that its less susceptible to pressure changes as it heats and cools so theoretically you don't need to check tire pressure as much. Nitrogen has proven to be very good on the race track where consistent pressures are far more critical. Nitrogen can, however, still be lost through minute leaks caused by wheel porosity, valve stems, the bead, punctures, etc. so it still has to be checked. What do you do when it does get low? Pay again to have it topped off. Most people just end up topping off with regular compressed air. If you regularly check your tire pressures, nitrogen fills will be of minimal benefit for the normal street driven car. Sorry to say, but I think it's a passing fad. Not too many reputable tire shops push it very much any more.

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:17 AM   #6
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very interesting, I hear if you live in Alaska with the severe temp, that it is recommended.
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If they give you Nitrogen for free, then do it. However, normal air is already over 70% nitrogen. As usual, I'm with Geezer here.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:19 AM   #8
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How much is this ??
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:18 PM   #9
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I just use air. I could care less. I have a portable air compressor that runs off a 12v outlet. Tires get low I add air for free. I also keep a pressure gauge in my car car at all times and check every week or 2 or if there is a temp change that is dramatic. Never really cared for nitrogen because if your tire does get low you would have to take it to the tire place to have them top it off every time to keep the pure nitrogen benefits.
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