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Old 08-30-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Nitrogen in tires

I was reading an article in the Sept 09 Family Handyman magazine and ran across an article about "Making your tires last". In the article it made reference to tires that have green caps on the valve stems indicate that the tire is filled with nitrogen. Based on the article they do not recommend that you fill the tire with compressed air because it will negate the advantages of the nitrogen. Does anyone know if this will also cause damage to the tires. My 2SS has green caps on the valve stems so I am making an assumption that the tires are filled with nitrogen. Going to dealer tomorrow to check on this and find out what do I do when I get a low tire warning. More to come. Any thoughts from experts out there?
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:27 PM   #2
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I have mine filled with 78% nitrogen. Very easy to find/refill.
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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It will not damage the tires. Adding "air" just diminishes the value of having nitrogen in there.
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:52 PM   #4
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Waste of time. If you have it fine, but its not worth going out of your way to find.
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:00 PM   #5
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I have mine filled with 78% nitrogen. Very easy to find/refill.


You know...nitrogen doesn't leak out of the tires as quick as "air" does...so if you just keep refilling them, eventually, they'll be filled with 99.9% nitrogen, and won't deflate for a while...like mine.
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:23 PM   #6
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I have mine filled with 78% nitrogen. Very easy to find/refill.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:00 PM   #7
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Yep green caps means nitrogen...
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:10 AM   #8
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I have mine filled with 78% nitrogen. Very easy to find/refill.
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another advantage of using nitrogen is that you wont get water in side your tires, if you happen to use so old compressor that never gets drained of have a drier
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:11 AM   #9
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The biggest advantage about Nitrogen in your tires is the fact that Nitrogen is not affected by temperature.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:50 AM   #10
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So can you put Nitrogen in any tires or do you have to have special components in the tire and wheel?
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:45 PM   #11
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I have mine filled with 78% nitrogen. Very easy to find/refill.
Huh? 78% Funny...Most wont get it.

Nitrogen fill at less than 95% is a waste..

Nitrogen molecules hold no moisture, less prone to temp changes and molecule is larger leading to less tire pressure fluctuation.

Beneficial? Never tried it..I prefer my 78% blend..much easier to access than time wasted waiting for a refill.
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The biggest advantage about Nitrogen in your tires is the fact that Nitrogen is not affected by temperature.
Nitrogen is a liquid below −195.9 °C
Nitrogen freezes solid below −209.9 °C
Liquid nitrogen boils at −195.8 °C

I'd say those cover "affected by temperature"
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he is talking about temperatures that occur in nature, in which the car would be operating.
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To the two posts above...If you look at the temperature differential, it is true that temperature differential does not affect nitrogen. Just depends on how statement is worded and application.

I am not a chemestry major, but the difference between the three elemental states (liquid/gas/solid) is key here.
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