Nitrogen Tire Inflation
Nitrogen is an inert gas found in the atmosphere. It is all around you.
In fact, the air we breathe is 78% nitrogen.
Is Nitrogen combustible?
No – nitrogen is an inert gas (i.e. it does not burn and it does not aid in combustion). It is one of the safest gases that is freely available to us. In fact, it is so inert the Food industry uses it for storing and packaging of snack foods, coffee, and other food items. It does not support combustion, and that is the main reason why it is used in race cars and aircraft tires.
Is Nitrogen explosive?
No – nitrogen is not explosive. It not does not burn nor does it help combustion in any way.
Are there any side effects of using Nitrogen?
No – the air we breathe is 78 % nitrogen. By using dry nitrogen, you will be eliminating both Oxygen and moisture from your tires.
What are the benefits of using Nitrogen?
o Nitrogen maintains tire pressure better
o Nitrogen keeps tires 20% cooler
o Nitrogen-filled tires use less fuel
o Nitrogen prolongs the life of your tires
o Tests have shown nitrogen to reduce tire failures by as much as 80%
o Nitrogen improves handling and performance
What happens when tires are not properly inflated?
The surface area of the tire that comes in contact with the road increases. This forces the tire to flex and cause more friction, thus resulting in excessive heat generation. Over a period of time, the rubber is affected and it starts breaking down prematurely.
Who uses Nitrogen?
The Professionals have been using Nitrogen for a long time – Airplanes, NASCAR, Formula 1 and Indycars, NASA Space shuttles and military vehicles. Now commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles use it too.
Why do the Professionals use Nitrogen in their tires?
o Nitrogen maintains consistent tire pressure over extended time periods because oxygen in the tires escapes much faster than nitrogen.
o It is less affected by temperature and pressures abnormalities.
o Tires runs more cooler.
o Lack of oxygen is a deterrent to combustion i.e. the lack the oxygen prevents fire.
Why has not Nitrogen been used in Automobile tires in the past?
The cost of generating dry nitrogen has been the major dampening factor until now. However, with the introduction of N2Cel® series of Nitrogen generating stations, virtually all tire dealers and gas stations can afford to install these units.
Does Nitrogen improve the tire monitoring system on my vehicle?
Yes. Since nitrogen maintains better inflation in the tires, it reduces the number of faulty states that the tire monitoring system has to detect.
Do I still need to check tire pressure?
Yes. We always recommend you to check your tires regularly. But, you will notice that your tire pressure will be more consistent and a periodic check will be sufficient.
Is Nitrogen compatible with my internal tire balancing chemicals?
Absolutely. In fact, you couldn’t find a better operating environment for an internal tire balancing product than a tire filled with nitrogen. This is due to the absence of moisture.
What should I do if I cannot find a nitrogen filling station nearby and I have to fill up my tires?
In case of an emergency, you can always fill your tire/tires with compressed air at any gas station or tire shop. However, we recommend you get it replaced with nitrogen at your earliest convenience.