My dealer is recommending nitrogen in my tires. Do I really need it? – Julia C.
Does your dealer offer complimentary fill-ups and is it conveniently located? Nitrogen certainly can't hurt if the conditions are right for you.
Tires inflated with nitrogen offer a few notable benefits, inlcuding less pressure loss over an extended period of time, reduction in oxidation and corrosion and stability in pressure.
So do these advantages outweigh the costs and inconvenience?
Nitrogen improves tire deflation time by approximately one-third over air. However, it does not completely remove the need to regularly check and inflate your tires. Corrosion reduction using nitrogen is a small benefit, one that you could never really attach a dollar value to.
Nitrogen never caught on as well as manufacturers of the filling machines had hoped for, leaving little infrastructure in place and creating a bit of a tough time for its users.
You are better off just purchasing a decent tire-pressure gauge and adjusting air pressure as needed.
Lou Trottier is owner-operator of All About Imports in Mississauga. Have a question about maintenance and repair? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, placing "Lou's Garage" in the subject area.
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