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Nitrogen: The New Standard for Tire Inflation

Compressed Air – The Harmful Truth

 The compressed air you are using to inflate your vehicles tires is actually working against you rather than working for you. Air is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other properties. Oxygen is destructive to rubber and tire materials for a few reasons. When oxygen comes in contact with rubber and other materials, oxidation immediately begins to occur. Oxidation is also known as rust, rot, or corrosion. The deterioration of the rubber in your tires will slowly develop. Air also contains moisture. Oxygen and moisture in the air, react with the rubber compounds in your tire and overtime, it will lose its elasticity, strength, and durability, much like an old worn out rubber band that snaps under pressure. It will attack the rubber molecules in your tire, working from the inside out. The oxygen will ultimately destroy your tire’s structure and eventually it’s tread.    

Permeation in general is a normal process in which oxygen bleeds through the tire. It is typical for an air filled tire to lose 1-3 psi of pressure a month through normal permeation causing you to monitor your tires pressure on a regular basis to ensure you are driving with properly inflated tires. Running tires at a pressure just 10% their recommended setting, typically just 3-4 psi, diminishes their usable life by 25%.

The pressurized air inside a tire will slowly permeate its way into and through the tire causing your tire to become underinflated. As an underinflated tire rolls, it flexes, bending the tire’s rubber and steel, beginning to generate heat. The heat dramatically accelerates the wear, ultimately causing the tire to burst. When underinflated tires and their distorted shape contact with the pavement it causes the tread to wear of the surface and the sides of the tires much more quickly than normal wear. Refilling the air can help but the damage to the tire is already done. Basically, underinflated tires wear out faster, fail much more frequently, and have a detrimental impact on the vehicle’s fuel economy.

Nitrogen Tire Inflation at Gillespie Ford

 Have you ever heard of filling your tires with Nitrogen instead of air? Most have not. This is because until recently it was not readily available to most consumers. You are in luck! Gillespie Ford is now an authorized NitroFill dealer and is here to answer all the questions you may have about inflating your tires with nitrogen. We are also continuously offering specials and promotions to help you save even more money and make the smart transition to nitrogen an easy one.


History of Nitrogen Tire Inflation 

The practice of inflating tires with nitrogen has been around for a long time. Previously, it was most commonly used in inflating the tires of aerospace vehicles, commercial & military aircraft, racecars, and off-road equipment. Vehicles such as these have used nitrogen over air not only because it economically makes sense but because of its added safety and precision.

You may have not heard of this practice before since nitrogen filling facilities were far and few between. With the help of NitroFill, Gillespie Ford has brought the benefits of nitrogen tire inflating to your local area. NitroFill is actually the only nitrogen tire inflation product guaranteed to provide the benefits of high purity nitrogen inflation and Gillespie Ford is a proud partner. This growing trend will soon become a common standard for your everyday transportation vehicle while saving you money and time in the process. Keep reading to learn how. 

How Serious is Under Inflation?  

Fact: Americans alone waste over 8.5 million gallons of fuel EACH DAY due to under inflated tires. Here are some more astonishing under inflated numbers:

Benefits of Nitrogen     

Nitrogen is an inert gas meaning it is noncombustible, non-corrosive, non-reactive substance. More simply put it is nothing, which is exactly what tires should be filled with: Nothing but pressure. Since nitrogen is oxygen free, it is impossible for oxidation to occur in tires as it would with compressed air. One major benefit of nitrogen filled tires is that it can take several months for a NitroFilled tire to lose a single pound of pressure, diminishing your chances of riding your vehicle with underinflated tires. With Nitrogen filled tires, you will have a more stable, consistent tire pressure that is not affected by temperature change, moisture, or heat. The result is increased tire life, improved fuel economy, reduced tire aging, and a more durable casing for improved retreadability. 

 

Contact our Service Advisors today to learn more about Nitrogen and how you can get on the road to sharing in its benefits.  

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