Nitrogen filled tires on Suburban / Yukon XL ??

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Hairscrambler, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Hairscrambler

    Hairscrambler New Member

    Hey all, I was wondering if anyone out there has filled their tires with nitrogen on their Suburban/Yukon XL ?? I work for a new Acura dealer and they have some mighty big claims about the benefits. Their claims are as follows- The nitrogen filled tires maintain air pressure better with much less fluxuation resulting in TPMS lights going off, Nitrogen keeps the tires 20% cooler, Nitrogen filled tires use less fuel, they extend the life of the tires, they improve ride and performance, reduces tire failure by as much as 80%, and increase gas mileage by as much as 2-3 miles per gallon. I'm wondering how much of this is fact or fiction ? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks all.
  2. blackburb

    blackburb Rockstar 100 Posts

    IMHO, nitrogen filled tires make money for the dealer and nothing more. YMMV
  3. ridick_bowen

    ridick_bowen Rockstar 100 Posts

    The facts are true. More constant air. better tire wear.
  4. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    This, times infinity.

    Think about it: the atmosphere is over 70% nitrogen and temperature and pressure vary greatly around the world. What makes you think it's any different inside your tires? Nitrogen is CHEMICALLY inert but that doesn't mean it's immune to the laws of physics. Temperature and pressure are PHYSICAL properties, regardless of the gas or compound. Again, nitrogen is only immune to chemical reactions, not physical reactions, like temp and pressure.

    Just like Shell putting nitrogen in their gas. That's a bigger waste of money than nitrogen in your tires.
  5. Hairscrambler

    Hairscrambler New Member

  6. blackburb

    blackburb Rockstar 100 Posts

    "It's free, it's everywhere"? How is it free? How do you get your air at home from 80% nitrogen to 100% nitrogen? I've mounted and dismounted many, many tires over the years and I never found water inside one - ever. I call bullsh*t. FWIW, I like Jay Leno. I appreciate his love of cars/trucks/bikes. I read his column in PoP Mech. But that sounds like a paid endorsement or more of the rich Hollywood socialist tree-hugging propaganda. Do what you want with your money, I'll keep using N80.
  7. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I have nitrogen in my Michelins on my yukon xl. It came free when I bought the tires. I notice a major difference over the old tires. BUT, these tires are new, not old bald tires that were on it before. So, I am betting that the ride quality comes from the new tires not the nitrogen
  8. donl

    donl Rockstar 100 Posts

    How in the hell would nitrogen make for a better ride than air? I will be waiting for an answer.
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    They claim that because nitrogen is a larger molecule the ride quality is better. I doubt that with my 6,300 lb truck sitting on them.
  10. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Gas pressure is gas pressure. It's not different simply because of the molecule that comprises the gas. 35 psi = 35 psi, period.

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