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02-16-2014, 06:45 PM #21
+1 to what @RayVoy said. People just need to get educated on Nitrogen. It's a bit of scam for us everyday-motorists. Dealerships charge you tons of money for very little, if any, benefits.
Also, racecars use pure nitrogen in the tires because pure nitrogen (or any gas really, as long it is pure) has no water vapor in it. The air we breathe has lots of moisture in it and pure nitrogen eliminates the moisture content. By eliminating the moisture content, the pure nitrogen in the tires has a much more predictable pressure behavior. As heat builds up in the tires and increases the pressure of the gas inside, race teams can better predict how much pressure they can build up. Varying tire pressures, even just half a PSI, effects how the tires handles a turn.Clint (TX) 2001 Silverado LS 4.8L auto 2wd ECSB [GARAGE]
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02-17-2014, 06:54 PM #22
Oh, It is not the oxygen that burns, it's the stuff that combines with it. The more oxygen the faster the combining, or oxidizing. But yeah, Nitrogen in our tires is only useful for back yard beer talk, unless you spend your weekends rounding corners at Daytona at 185 mph, or plunking F-18 Super Hornets into a flight deck.
As far as Nitrogen contributing to the longevity of tires, there is no empirical evidence to support it. There are too many other variables that greatly affect tire life much more than the molecules captured inside of them.
As an aside, didja know that Nitrogen is completely inert? It won't affect any other material until it is chemically compounded or combined with other elements.
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