Last post on Nov 16, 2011 at 5:50 AM
You are in the Hyundai Santa Fe
What is this discussion about?
Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#17 of 31 Need my Nitrogen Tires Filled
Aug 11, 2009 (6:00 pm)
I have been chasing the dealership I purchased my Nissan Versa from about getting my tires filled; since unbeknown to me the tires are filled with nitrogen. Each time I have called the dealership; plus stopped in they tell me the machine is broke. I check with Discount and Big O and they don't carry nitrogen.
I live in AZ and my tire light is on and my tires are low...Can you add air to the nitrogen tires without damage. Any ideas, I am getting very ticked off...
#18 of 31 Re: Need my Nitrogen Tires Filled [dago55]
Aug 11, 2009 (6:09 pm)
You can add regular air to nitrogen filled tires. It will just dilute the nitrogen a very small percentage. Normal air is about 80% nitrogen and 20% oxygen. So by putting air witht the nitrogen you would have just a couple of % oxygen versus about 100 nitrogen. Over time, and without additional nitrogen you would get closer to a regular air mixture.
I have had very good luck in Chicago area with two vehicles with nitrogen(nothing added for almost a year in both vehicles). Maybe the high temperature of AZ affect the nitrogen more. I wouldn't know about that but it is certainly ok to add regular air.
Apr 11, 2010 (12:30 pm)
I came across this looking at the 2011 Kia Sorento's today. They had an charge of $50 for having nitrogen in the tires. It sounds like a ripoff to me.
#20 of 31 Re: Nitrogen [reubenray1]
Apr 11, 2010 (12:37 pm)
It is. My local tire stores fills all four tires with N for $20 includes any refills.
#21 of 31 Nitrogen is more stable...
Apr 13, 2010 (6:01 am)
at a wider range of temps.
With plain old air, tires are subject to the same problems people are. Cold air will compress, and hot air will expand, but when you use nitrogen, the tires will remain at a much more even pressure as it's not nearly as temperature sensative.
If you have a green cap on your tire stems, use Nitro, as adding air also adds moisture and can affect tire life and performance.!
Just thought i'd toss in that info..
#22 of 31 Re: Nitrogen is more stable... [rocdred]
Apr 13, 2010 (8:49 pm)
but when you use nitrogen, the tires will remain at a much more even pressure as it's not nearly as temperature sensative
Nitrogen and oxygen (the primary components of air) are both small nonpolar molecules and should therefore each behave very much like ideal gases. I don't see that compressibility would be affected in any significant way by replacing 80% nitrogen with 100% nitrogen.
Any difference would possibly be more related to the water content of air versus that of nitrogen which effectively removes the moisture. In any case, the differences should be largely negligible for ordinary vehicles as opposed to race cars.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
#23 of 31 Re: Nitrogen in the tires [tidester]
Dec 03, 2010 (7:57 am)
Our new Nissan Versa had nitrogen in tires filled by dealer.
After taking possesion of vehicle, tires were 4psi underinflated.
There was a 50$ charge on vehicle price for that nitrogen.
As winter settled in, had to go back three time for top up.
This tells me you have to check tire press nitrogen or not.
In which case, air is more convenient because if you have a compressor there is no hassle:air is easier to get than nitrogen. I see that ntrogen fill by the dealer as a cash grab.
#24 of 31 Re: Nitrogen is more stable... [tidester]
Dec 03, 2010 (8:01 am)
under a perfect world, dealers and tire shops would use pure dry nitrogen or have the required equipment; they dont in order to cut costs and increase profits.
They also bank on the fact people for the most part never check their tires thinking its good enough to do it when vehicle is serviced.
#26 of 31 Re: Nitrogen in the tires [crown5]
Dec 03, 2010 (8:39 am)
We have two cars with nitrogen in the tires and never lost any between oil changes.That is part of the service and they never had to add any.That is why I paid #25 per vehicle to have the nitro. added.The cars are : 2006.5 KIA Optima and a 2007 Prius.