Air or Nitrogen in your tires

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Air or Nitorgen

  1. Air

    37 vote(s)
  2. Nitrogen

    16 vote(s)
  1. dadngt

    dadngt New Member

    I've had both Nitrogen in my old 17in tire wheel combo & air in my new 18in tire wheel combo. I get the same MPG so it seems like more of a snake oil with minor benefits lol
  2. Caddiac

    Caddiac New Member

    I run it in my tires. The big benefit is in tire pressure stability. Boyle's law of partial pressures if my memory serves me right. Also no o2 means you do not oxidize the rubber, at least from the inside.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator

    Yea, it's Boyles law.
    Having worked a purifying plant that produced Nitrogen in the past I agree with you about the stability to a certain point, the last few months prior to replacing my wifes Nitrogen filled tires we had so many tire pressure issues though, the pressure fluctuated with every temperature change. Shouldnt do that with pure Nitrogen, which is why I believe having them service your tires with nitrogen is a waste because they dont purge and evacuate them first which creates a diluted Nitrogen atmosphere in the tire and they wont be as stable as they should be.
    Oxidization inside the tires is negligable since you'll probably wear them out before they have issues from that.
  4. donyms

    donyms New Member

    Around here it seems every tire store you go to wants to put Nitrogen in your tires and it has been this way for about 5 years now but I have always passed because I believe you don't fix something unless it's broke and air has worked fine for me so far. Now after reading all this wonderful info on this thread I will definitely stick with the air for now. Thanks everyone for contributing to this thread. :great:
  5. sevi084x4

    sevi084x4 New Member

    i have nitrogen in both my sets of tires, no reason besides it came with one so i get free refills and such
  6. Coach24

    Coach24 New Member

    Air is more accessible and less expensive, despite industry claiming otherwise.. When your tires do go down and no Nitrogen is available you mut ad air and then the dilution dilemma begins.
  7. ChevyBoy2009

    ChevyBoy2009 New Member

    Ive actually had really good luck with nitrogen...i had my tires for 2 1/2 years and i never lost tire pressure with N2
  8. Outdoor's Guy

    Outdoor's Guy New Member

    This vehicle is the first one that I have used nitrogen in and I have to say I really like it.
  9. Coach24

    Coach24 New Member

    Can you elaborate on the pluses and minuses you see/feel with nitrogen fill? I would be interested to see what distinct issues you enjoy over standard air.
  10. The Heater

    The Heater New Member

    I have to go with Surrealone on this topic. However, I have a degree in Chemistry and I know it is not snake oil, it does present an advantage in terms of maintaining pressure over air. But why would I fill my tires with something that if I drive on a trip, I can't get at any old place should a tire lose some pressure for whatever reason? I am then contaminating the nitrogen and completely removing its advantage.

    Air is working just fine for me. The one reason I would go with Nitrogen is maybe if I could stop at Les Schwab where I was heading on a trip, and I knew where they were along the way, then maybe I would do it. But that is a real big maybe.
  11. Outdoor's Guy

    Outdoor's Guy New Member

    With the nitrogen, I never seem to loose any air pressure.
  12. tiltonb

    tiltonb New Member

    I use propane in a pinch.
  13. RayVoy

    RayVoy Active Member

    Wonderful idea :gasp:

    To all those who see value in paying $10, or more, per tire for are aware, that good old air is 78% Nitrogen
  14. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I have had nitrogen in my last 4 sets of tires I bought. Unless I pick up a puncture the pressure seems to remain constant. Most tire places in Michigan (or at least near me) put in N2 for free when you buy the tires. If something happens when I am on the road, I will fill up with air and when I get home the tire place will take the tire off the rim (to patch the hole) and refill with N2. My mother in law lives in Ohio and the local tire place wanted $25 per tire to put N2 in. The place up the street charges $3 each if you did not buy your tires there.
  15. RayVoy

    RayVoy Active Member

    $3.00 is a good deal, I would use N2 at $3.00/tire
  16. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator

    In the area I live in outside of the dealership nobody service's with Nitrogen, the dealership charges $10 per tire to fill up or adjust the pressures.
    My wifes car needed all 4 tires topped off about every other month for the last year they had nitrogen in them, that stopped and I serviced them with good old air as soon as I realized she was paying $40 every time I told her to "just go get air in your damn tires at the dealership" since she drove right past it on her way to work. Since filling them with air 18 months ago I havent had to service them yet, and if they do need servicing she can go to the Discount tires next to her work for free since I bought a new set of tires from them 6 months ago.
    My truck will be a year old next month and the nitrogen has had to be serviced once when the truck was 6 months old when I brought the truck in for an oil change (they did it for free since I bitched about having to pay $40 to service with nitrogen that supposedly is so great that I dont need to service it that often) and the tires need to be serviced again now 6 months later, I'll pull my compressor out and do it this time.
    I said it before and I'll say it again nitrogen is not all it's hyped up to be, it certainly isnt worth $10 a tire not counting how much more you'll have to spend keeping the tire properly serviced for the life span of the tire.
    Having worked in Aviation for 25yrs I know even aircraft tires require servicing, some as often as every other day, the only good thing about nitogen is it isnt as influenced by heat and cold, but that doesnt mean you wont ever have to service it, and at $10 a tire it just aint worth the expense.
  17. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    This is exactly what I was going to say. Air does just fine and is free. Why pay for nitrogen when regular air is mostly nitrogen anyway? It's like paying for bottled water....
  18. 87silver

    87silver New Member

    Get real, pay for nitrogen? I must say that back in the '80's we were some of the few running ATCs and ATVs. We used to inflate the tires with nitrogen due to the requirement of low pressure (2.2-3psi) and moderate temp changes (40F-80F), because we went on multiday outings at extreme altitude changes. But for road vehicles where pressures are much higher and temp changes are much more gradual, it really comes down to paying for convenience or laziness.
  19. 1953bowtieguy

    1953bowtieguy New Member

    I use air, because i would not know where to get nitrogen around here

    E_HILLMAN New Member

    Nitrogen on vehicles with the tire pressure system.
    Nitrogen for trailer tires that sit around a lot.

    Air for the rest.

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