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Old 10-14-2013, 11:12 AM   #15
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The N2 has benefits in tires used for air craft or race cars. For a vehicle at normal speeds, it serves no practical purpose.

But if it makes you feel better, go for it. No harm will be done using N2

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I had new tires installed on my CRV last week at Costco. They filled them with nitrogen - normal installation for them (at least in Medford, OR). It really doesn't make much difference to me but that's what they did.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #17
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The tire shops filled mine with nitrogen when new, I wouldn't pay extra for it. When needed, I top off with "regular" air.
Same here.
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Costco put nitrogen in my new tires and said they hold pressure longer. I don't think they do, and how easy is it to find nitrogen on the road. I make sure to ask the tech if I can mix with air, you can. I have an air compressor at home, but not a nitro tank, so my tires are 50/50 by now.
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I guess you could put in a PSA (pressure swing absorption) unit at your home and produce the nitrogen for your tires. But these are not cheap.

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Costco put nitrogen in my new tires and said they hold pressure longer. I don't think they do, and how easy is it to find nitrogen on the road. I make sure to ask the tech if I can mix with air, you can. I have an air compressor at home, but not a nitro tank, so my tires are 50/50 by now.
No, since the atmosphere is 79% Nitrogen to begin with, your tires are somewhere 100% and 79%.
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I let a Harley dealer talk me into nitrogen in a set of new tires with the promise (implied of course) of more miles. Since motorcycle tires are EXPENSIVE this sounded promising.

I didn't get any more miles than any other tire with "air". I actually got more miles on the last tire I replaced running no nitrogen.

I also see this as snake oil on a street driven vehicle.
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Everyone is right, moisture in the air is the difference. If you make sure to only add air from a compressor with an air dryer installed at the storage tank outlet the same effect is accomplished as using Nitrogen, Argon, or any other inert gas.
As to making a tire last longer; oxygen is an oxidizer to almost any material when in direct contact long enough. That said, I have a couple farm wagons running tires installed over 30 years ago that still haul 8 tons of hay a load_without having a tire failure to date.
I have replaced the tires(dtd 1989) on my 24' utility trailer, when they were dismounted they all had at least 1 ounce of water in them. I was not particular about moisture in the air, just needed to inflate them so I could haul a tractor or farm equipment.
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I see it as a solution to a non-existant problem.

A while back, Consumer Reports did a test on some tires and wheels. Some where filled with Nitrogen, some with regular air.
I had a link to it, but that link is no good anymore, it was quite interesting actually.
Anyway, they mounted up the identical tires and wheels and aired them up. Some with Nitrogen, some with Air. They placed them all outside in the same environment and left them all there untouched for a year.
If I remember this correctly, at the end of the year, when they checked the pressure in them, they where all within something like two or three pounds of each other.
There are probably tires on your daily driver that are off by two pounds.

Hey, it's your money, if you think it's a good idea, I say go for it.
My personal opinion is that it's a gimmick invented by tire shops to soak a few more dollars out of you on the sale.
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The same tire shops will also change your headlight fluid twice a year
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I run it in my corvette and love it. It has stayed at the same psi for a year. I won't run it in our motorhome just because it is to hard to get if I have a soft tire.
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Snake oil IMHO, designed to separate your money from your wallet. No substitute for proper tire maintenance, and I bet you'll still be replacing your tires at the 7-10 year mark, regardless. I'll stick with plain ol' air and visual inspection.
AMEN!! BIG bottles of snake oil.
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And Plain Ol' air is free and everywhere !!
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I see it as a solution to a non-existant problem.

A while back, Consumer Reports did a test on some tires and wheels. Some where filled with Nitrogen, some with regular air.
I had a link to it, but that link is no good anymore, it was quite interesting actually.
Anyway, they mounted up the identical tires and wheels and aired them up. Some with Nitrogen, some with Air. They placed them all outside in the same environment and left them all there untouched for a year.
If I remember this correctly, at the end of the year, when they checked the pressure in them, they where all within something like two or three pounds of each other.
There are probably tires on your daily driver that are off by two pounds.

Hey, it's your money, if you think it's a good idea, I say go for it.
My personal opinion is that it's a gimmick invented by tire shops to soak a few more dollars out of you on the sale.
Is this the article? Tires - Nitrogen air loss study
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