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Nitrogen in Tires

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Hot Tamale, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Jun 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM
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    Hot Tamale

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    A lot of the tire dealers in my area are encouraging people to use nitrogen in their tires instead of regular air. They say it improves gas mileage. Before I got my Tacoma I had a RAV 4L and tried it but I can't say that I noticed any difference. Have any Tacoma owners tried this and if so, what do you think?
     
  2. Jun 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM
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    wiscdave

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    I have a friend that used it in another truck. All he says it did was maintain the PSI that he wanted for 20 bucks.
     
  3. Jun 24, 2008 at 9:07 AM
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    I had it in my SE-R.
     
  4. Jun 24, 2008 at 9:31 AM
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    My brother works at one of the local tire places, and its just a way to fish out extra profit from the sale of tires. Think of it as if you are tipping the workers.
    The air you are breathing right now, is 78% nitrogen, look it up.;)
    Tha scam is, that the nitrogen is a bigger molecule, and wont slip past the porosity of the rubber tires. But regular air is 78%, ...so what are you really gaining for 20 bucks?
     
  5. Jun 24, 2008 at 9:45 AM
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    We just got two purigen98 systems at work a couple weeks ago we move a lot of tires on average about 800 a month so it was only a matter of time for us to go in the nitrogen business. So I have had it in for about a week and felt a few changes but it is to early to tell of any major benefits. I am running pro comp tires 285/75R16 at 38 psi right now 100% of my driving is freeway I am not putting a lot of miles on her right now though. I commute daily to work on two wheels but I am thinking about trying it in my street bikes who knows.
    We have always joked the next thing we will try to up sell is a tire air rotation out with the winter air in with the summer air well here are. :p

    There is a thread on the subject already.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/wheels-tires/3071-nitrogen-tire-fill.html
     
  6. Jun 24, 2008 at 11:34 AM
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    Just another scam - air is already mostly nitrogen. I'm sure somebody is going to write about how airplanes or racecars use nitrogen in there tires, which really doesn't mean it does anything for a light pickup.

    The guy wanted $125 to do this at one dealership. I told him it would be of greater value to me if they put a magic spell on the truck.:D
     
  7. Jun 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM
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    lsocoee

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    maybe the claims they are making are somewhat true, I just don't think the dollar value attached to installing nitrogen is worth it.
     
  8. Jun 24, 2008 at 4:33 PM
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    For those who don't check their psi often.The claim is it holds your set psi longer.There by improving the mpg.
     
  9. Jun 24, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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    chris4x4

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    This is correct. Its also suppoesed to be less affected by heat.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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    SCAM X2. Over a-3-4 year period, IF you do not check your tire pressure, you will have a 2-3psig LESS of a loss than air.
     
  11. Jun 24, 2008 at 5:00 PM
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    That was the one I'm praying for.:D Off topic-How high does our console temp.go??(outside air) It hit 119 2 days ago.
     
  12. Jun 24, 2008 at 5:06 PM
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    Yeah, its out side air, but it is influenced by the temp of the truck also. The body can get VERY hot ( as Im sure you are awear ) when left in the sun. :)
     
  13. Jun 24, 2008 at 5:09 PM
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    I thought as much.Once i'd started moving it droped to 118.:D
     
  14. Jun 24, 2008 at 5:13 PM
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    Ah. Haveing a cold front moving in?
    LOL
     
  15. Jun 24, 2008 at 5:17 PM
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    LOL yeah,so far it has been cooler for this time of yr.:cool:
     
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    Costco does this on all the tires installed at no extra charge. The Nitrogen does work as claimed. I never need to add air to my tires. I do check them periodically.
     
  17. Jun 24, 2008 at 8:57 PM
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    We need to use helium in our tires to make the truck weightless and thereby make our gas mileage infinite!.
     
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  19. Jun 25, 2008 at 9:02 AM
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    it probably makes good business sense to provide it for free. They don't have to worry about warranty issues because or people driving around with low pressure.
     
  20. Jun 25, 2008 at 9:11 AM
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    heh ;) maybe slightly lighter but helium is one of the smallest molecules, there for you'll lose PSI even faster than air. If i was going to do that, I'd live on the edge and use hydrogen.
     
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