Fill Your Tires With Nitrogen!
Gary Rome Hyundai Now Offers Nitrogen Tire Filling Service
- Fuel $avings
- Increased Safety
- Longer Tire Life
- Superior Handling
- Decreased Wheel Corrosion
- Maintains Proper Inflation 3-4 Times Longer
- Tire Deflation - Deflators quickly and simultaneously deflate your tires to atmospheric pressure
- Tire Vacuum - Vacuum System removes more detrimental air and moisture than traditional systems
- Nitrogen Fill - Nitrogen Generating Machine Fills your tires with high purity nitrogen, providing you with the many benefits listed above
Bring your car in today and get the same high-tech advantages that airliners, race cars, and NASA Space Shuttles use. Putting nitrogen in your tires can give you a better, safer, longer-lasting and more consistent performance from your tires. Gary Rome Hyundai uses a state-of-the-art system that inflates tires with nitrogen rather than compressed air. Nitrogen filled tires maintain pressure up to three times longer because nitrogen diffuses through tire walls more slowly than air. This gives you several important safety and performance advantages:
- Problems associated with under-inflation are reduced. Under-inflated tires run hotter and wear faster due to increased rolling resistance. A tire that is 10 percent under-inflated will lose approximately seven percent of its service life.
- Tires maintain their strength longer. Nitrogen filled tires show twice the life to failure in both field and laboratory tests due to absence of interior oxidation cause by the oxygen in compressed air.
- Tires perform better. Nitrogen can help increase tire mileage by as much as 25 percent. Tires that are properly inflated respond better to steering input and handle better.
- Tire pressure is more consistent. Compressed air expands at varying rates depending on the amount of water vapor it contains; nitrogen is "dry" and expands at a consistent, predictable rate.
How Nitrogen Works and What it Does
Nitrogen (N2) makes up the majority of the air that we breathe and is contained in the protein of all life on earth. It is colorless, tasteless and non-toxic. The next most common component in air is oxygen (O2). Together N2 and O2 make up approximately 99% of the air we breathe and traditionally fill tires with.
N2 is a larger molecule than O2.
Therefore, it cannot escape as easily as oxygen through porous material such as a rubber tire wall (carcass). Leaking at a much slower rate than oxygen, a tire filled with a higher percentage of N2 maintains its proper pressure roughly three to four times longer than air-filled tires. Proper inflation provides better fuel economy, superior handling, longer tire life, and increased safety by reducing the likelihood of low pressure related loss of control, blowouts and other tire failures.
N2 is a dry, inert gas.
O2 in a tire provides unwanted oxidation. Over time, this reaction destroys the tire carcass and corrodes wheels. A tire is prematurely aged by O2 from the inside-out as the pressurized air in the tire makes the O2 try to escape through the tire carcass, speeding up the damaging oxidation process. N2 on the other hand, is a harmless inert gas that does not react negatively with tires and wheels. N2 filled tires also reduce tire heat, thereby decreasing rolling resistance and increasing fuel economy.
N2 is non-flammable.
O2 is a flammable gas while N2 is an extinguishing gas. Thus, a large number of mass transportation companies around the world fill their tires with N2 for added fire and explosion safety. In a vehicular fire, ruptured air-filled tires fuel the fire. N2 filled tires slow the fire.
N2 has been used in tires for many years on aircraft, military vehicles, off road trucks, racecars, and even Tour de France bicycles.
Nitrogen inflated tires are safer and longer lasting than tires inflated with air.
- Nitrogen inflated tires do not age as quickly as air inflated tires
- Nitrogen inflated tires minimize blowouts
- Nitrogen inflated tires improve vehicle handling through proper inflation and consistently maintained pressure
- Nitrogen is an inert, non-combustible and non-flammable gas
- Nitrogen is a stable gas providing more constant pressure
- Nitrogen is a dry gas with no corrosive properties as found in compressed air
Correct inflation is highly significant when considering tire life and performance. It is not always possible to look at a tire and detect under-inflation. However, under-inflation can cause many tire-related problems. As inflation pressure largely determines a tire's load capacity, under-inflation results in an overloaded tire. An under-inflated tire operates at high deflection resulting in decreased fuel economy, sluggish handling and may result in excessive mechanical flexing and heat build up, leading to catastrophic tire failure.
|We are serious about offering the highest quality nitrogen tire filling service. Our professional nitrogen filling equipment is built in the USA by RTI Technologies, Inc., part of a global company that builds automated equipment that fills new vehicles with fluids in vehicle assembly plants around the world.|
Nitrogen-Filled Tires Facts & Testimonials
"One thing government and tire-industry officials agree on is the importance of keeping tires properly inflated. The risks of underinflation, which stresses tires by causing their sidewalls to flex more and the air temperature inside to rise, were highlighted during congressional hearings two years ago into the Firestone tire problems. Underinflation was identified as a factor in the failure of Firestone tires."
-Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2002
Using nitrogen instead of compressed air has distinct advantages, which lead to immediate benefits for the vehicle owner.
- It has more mass, so it migrates through the tire three to four times slower. The result: Tires hold their psi longer.
- It runs about 20% cooler. Less heat results in less tire degradation.
- It drastically reduces oxidation on the rim and inner-liner (nitrogen systems almost totally eliminate oxygen - the cause of oxidation - from the mix).
- It is environmentally safe.
TMC (Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Association) says that about 90% of tire failures causing tire road debris is caused by underinflation.
-TMC Tire Air Pressure Study, May, 2002
Bridgestone says air inflated tires lost an average of 2.7 psi per month and nitrogen inflated tires lost an average of 0.7 psi per month.
-Guy Walenga, Clemson Tire Conference, March, 2004
Michelin Supports the use of nitrogen based on its ability to better retain pressure over a period of time.
-Michelin Technical Bulletin, November, 2003
"Goodyear says 15% under-inflation equals 8% less tread mileage and 2.5% decrease in fuel economy."
-Goodyear Radial Truck Tire and Retread Service Manual, Page 40
"Having tires inflated to the maximum recommended pressure can improve gas mileage by as much as 6 percent."
-Ann Job, "Fuel Saving Tips," MSN Autos, September 19, 2005
Pirelli says 20% under-inflation equals 15% shorter tire life.
United States Department of Energy says the United States loses over 2 million gallons of fuel each day due to under#45;inflation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is nitrogen inflation new?
It's been used on giant off-highway tires, on aircraft tires, and on racing tires for many years. Off-highway tires, aircraft tires and racecar tires have used nitrogen inflation for quite some time.
Why did they switch?
Air is about one-fifth oxygen, and oxygen, especially at high temperatures and pressures, is a very reactive element. When oxygen reacts with things, the process is called oxidation. When oxidation is extremely rapid, the process is called "burning." That's one reason nitrogen is used in off-highway and aircraft tires. These tires run so hot they can actually catch on fire. Nitrogen doesn't support combustion, so nitrogen-filled tires don't add fuel to the flames. And, nitrogen helps prevent slower forms of oxidation too.
What are those?
Oxygen corrodes aluminum and steel wheels. And, oxygen reacts with rubber, in a sense, "corroding" it too. Rust and dust from wheels can clog valve stems, causing them to leak. And, rough surfaces on wheel flanges and tire beads may not seal properly, causing additional leaks. Oxygen also ages the innerliner, that tine layer of rubber inside the tire whose function is keeping air away from the carcass. As the innerliner ages, more and more air molecules can pass through it, causing more pressure losses.
How does that happen?
Air migrates through rubber. Truck tires can lose 2 psi per month as a result of air passing through their sidewalls - like a balloon that shrivels up, but much slower. That's why regular inflation pressure checks are a must. Even if there's nothing "wrong," you can still be losing pressure. And, when oxygen passes through rubber, it can come into contact with steel cords, causing them to rust too. Between aging rubber and corroding steel cords, oxygen reduces retreadability.
How does nitrogen help?
While both nitrogen and oxygen can permeate rubber, nitrogen does it much more slowly. It might take six months to lose 2 psi with nitrogen, compared to just a month with air. And, nitrogen is far less reactive. It doesn't cause rust and corrosion on steel or aluminum, and it doesn't degrade rubber. Wheel surfaces stay smooth and clean, rubber remains supple and resilient. Inflation losses are minimized - and retreadability is enhanced.
Are there other benefits to nitrogen inflation?
The air around us is full of water vapor. It's called "humidity." Compressing air concentrates the water in it. Draining water from your air lines every day helps, but unless you have a really efficient air dryer, chances are there's lots of water in your compressed air.
What's the harm in that?
Water vapor in compressed air acts as a catalyst, accelerating rust and corrosion. Water vapor also absorbs and holds heat. And, when it changes from liquid to vapor, water expands tremendously in volume. So, tires inflated with wet air tend to run hotter and fluctuate in pressure more. That's why racing tires, where fractions of psi can radically change handling, are inflated with dry nitrogen.
Where do we get nitrogen?
Some people use high pressure cylinders or big containers of liquid nitrogen as their source, but several companies now offer machines that separate nitrogen from air. These machines can produce nitrogen that's 95 percent or more pure, taking it from the inexhaustible supply in the air around us.
Do we have to do something special to fill our tires?
Not really. If you take a truck tire that's just been mounted, and inflate it with 95 percent nitrogen, you'll end up with a concentration of about 93 percent nitrogen in the tire. That's good enough to do the job.
Why wouldn't it be 95 percent?
Because the tire was full of air. So there was some oxygen in it before you added the nitrogen.
What do we do when we're out on the road?
Chances are, as it becomes more popular, you'll find nitrogen inflation equipment at truckstops. But in the meantime, consider this: With nitrogen inflation, you won't need to "top off" your tires nearly as often - or as much. And, if you need to add pressure, the little bit of air that you might put in will have little effect. If you have nitrogen inflation at "home" when trucks come in, you can let the air out of their tires and re-inflate them with near-pure nitrogen. That will bring the concentration of nitrogen inside your tires back to optimum levels.
Is nitrogen inflation cost-effective?
That's going to depend on your situation. If your trailers go out and don't come back for six months or more, being able to keep consistent inflation pressures may greatly lengthen tread life. Some tests have shown increases of up to 26 percent. Less rubber aging and tire cord rust could also yield a higher proportion of retreadable casings - and casings that can survive more retread cycles. That cuts cost per mile too. There's nothing you can do that is better for your tires than maintaining the right inflation pressure - all the time. Nitrogen could help you do that.