Nitrogen Tire Inflation
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When it Comes to Tire Inflation, Nothing is Everything!
What makes nitrogen such a great inflation gas for tires? Actually, nothing… or more precisely, the fact that it is nothing. Nitrogen is an "inert" gas, meaning it's a property-free, non-reactive substance or, more simply put: "nothing." And nothing is exactly what tires should be filled with, as in: nothing but pressure.
So if nitrogen is nothing, it can't possibly be beneficial… at least until you compare it to the alternative: air. The good old regular air that we have been using to inflate automotive tires for the past 150 years is already 79.1% nitrogen. The problem with regular air and the reason it is such a poor inflation medium is that it also contains about 20% oxygen.
Don't be fooled by other shops that sell Nitrogen Inflation
We are one of the only shops in the area that uses this state of the Nitrogen inflation system from Branick®. It not only purges your tires of 95-99% of the oxygen through a 3 purge cycle, but it uses a quick inflate system that inflates all 4 tires at once. This is the only way to get as close to 100% pure Nitrogen as possible, while the whole process only takes about 5 minutes! 😱
Everyone knows that oxygen is essential for human survival and the well being of almost every other living organism. However, it's also quite destructive to almost everything else, think "oxidation." Oxidation, also known as rust, rot and corrosion, is the absolute enemy of anything composed of rubber and steel, such as your tires and wheels. Because nitrogen is an inert gas and oxygen free, it is impossible for oxidation to occur. Further, without the presence of oxygen … the "O" in "H2O" … water or condensation cannot form in a tire. Hence, no oxygen: no oxidation, no tire rot, no interior wheel or valve rust or corrosion, no water formation or water related issues.
While regular air is bad for tires, compressed air is even worse. Running air through a compressor typically adds trace amounts of oil and particulate, as well as water vapor … all combining to further rust, rot, corrode and otherwise compromise your tire and wheel assemblies.
Watch this clip of car collector Jay Leno telling his viewers why he uses Nitrogen in all of his vehicles.
$164 A YEAR IN FUEL SAVING$62 A YEAR IN INCREASED TIRE LIFEINCREASED SAFETY
- 20,000 miles per year
- 20 mpg = 1000 gallons
- $3 gallon = $3,000
- 5.8% fuel savings = $164
- Average tire $150 x 4
- Extends life 31% = $186
- Average tire lasts 3 years = $62
- 50 – 70 deaths and 10,000 injuries occur each
year due to under-inflated tires
As troublesome as oxidation, moisture and the resulting damage they cause are, there is a much greater benefit to eliminating oxygen: better pressure retention. The most detrimental property of oxygen is actually its small molecular structure. A molecule of oxygen, which again comprises about 20% of regular air, is roughly 1/4 of the size of a molecule of nitrogen. Oxygen molecules are so small that it is completely normal for air filled tires to lose 1-3 PSI each month from "permeation." Permeation is the normal process by which the oxygen molecules in compressed air seep through a tire's carcass. It is the reason that your, and everyone else's, air filled tires constantly lose 1-3 PSI of air every month. Nitrogen filled tires, on the other hand, typically lose no pressure from permeation… even over many months of use. So, by inflating your tires with high purity nitrogen, they will remain at their proper operating pressure much longer.
Its no wonder every single airline uses it in every tire of every single plane on their fleets. It is not only a major component of saving the airlines a lot of money every year, but since it was implemented it greatly reduced the risk of tire-related accidents from happening.
Almost the same reason why every major racing sport employs this technology in all of their cars. Not only does it reduce tire wear in the course of a race, but when hundredths of a second can sometimes win or loose a race and consequently a season, knowing exactly what your race car's PSI levels is became a necessity for racing sports. Not only that, PSI remained consistent during the entire race, even with the tremendous strain the tires are facing in the process.
But you don't have to own an airplane or be a Formula 1 pilot to get the same benefits. Literally every single vehicle that uses inflated tires will have some if not all of the same benefits of Nitrogen.
Even if saving money is a main priority on your list, the safety reasons alone make the $20 dollar lifetime investment a no brainer!