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View Poll Results: Are your tires filled with Nitrogen?
Yes 6 16.22%
No 31 83.78%
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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Default Are your tires filled with Nitrogen?

I just bought a vehicle and the dealer filled the tires with Nitrogen (which makes up a majority of air, anyways).

Do you have Nitrogen in your tires?

Nitrogen Information and Advantages

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/au...es/09MOTO.html

http://seatbealt.blogspot.com/2007/11/newest-up-sale-use-nitrogen-filled.html (broken link)

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=...uel-efficiency

http://suvs.about.com/od/tiresandwhe...rogentires.htm

My question is whether I can use conventional air when my tire pressure gets low.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Right around 78% I do. Since I don't drive a race-car or airplane on the road I don't see the need for 100% nitrogen.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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tryed it saw no differnce
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Unread 01-18-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Incognito
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I get it for free at my dealership.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 08:37 PM
 
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Unless your getting it for free, nitrogen is a great profit maker. Think about it; you should check the pressure regularly anyways and if its low you will most likely fill it with regular air with a pump. Its too much of a hassle...stick with regular free air and always check pressure every other week.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I prefer a blend, running 78 %
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Unread 01-19-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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At an average fill price of $5 per tire, nitrogen is a monumental waste of money.
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Unread 01-19-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Air pressure is air pressure no matter what... nitrogen is inert, that's about its only redeeming quality in this case.
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Unread 01-19-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Had a nitrogen fill once, courtesy of my employer. I know it's only a coincidence, but it seems like I wore my tires out really quick after that. It just soured me on the idea, so I haven't used nitrogen since.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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One is because it came with the tire. Everyhting that i can find out about it says it is a waste of money (as did a manager from a tire store after a few drinks). It apparently has only a tiny benefit and mstley prevents problems that few people ever have. Who has ever has a problem with Rims rusting? I have a car that is 35 years old. It has always had only air int he tires. It has the original rims and not a speck of rust. In fact, I only replace the tires every 10 years or so becuase I drive it so little. I doubt that nitrogen would make tires last more than 10 years and it would leak out over the winter anyway.
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