The facts about nitrogen filled tires

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  1. Thank you, thank you. I’m a big proponent of testing tire pressure on a regular basis. Air over Nitrogen has never been an issue for me. My experience is that most leaks occur as a result of tire damage from road hazards (nails, screws, misc debris) or corrosion at the tire valve. The vast majority of leaks are going to occur whether you have compressed air or pure Nitrogen in the tires. The answer to tire leaks and safety in general is simple preventative maintenance, in other words walk around your car, look for issues, check lights, tire pressure, pop the hood and check fluid levels at least once a week. It takes minutes and can save you hours of delay on the road.
    Thanks again Scott for a common sense post.

  2. Jake says:

    Great post! I thought about this a while back as I was going to inflate my tires and remembered they were filled with nitrogen when I purchased the tires. Then I realized air is primarily nitrogen anyways, so I just filled them up anyway. Never considered the moisture component, not sure how you would prevent that.

    In regards to your statement on under-inflated tires, they actually increase traction as more tire surface area is in contact with the road. That is why rock crawlers let air out of the tires, to increase traction. Under-inflation leads to increased friction and heat which can cause increased tread wear, tire failure, and blowouts. An over-inflated tire would reduce traction as it reduces surface area.

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