Nitrogen Filling For Tires

For the first time in history, there’s a new trend in tire filling. Normally, tires are filled with regular old compressed air. In recent years, however, a new development has arrived on the scene: filling tires with nitrogen. Some tire dealers now offer this service to their customers, but is it really worth it? After all, filling your tires with compressed air has a maximum charge of about 25 cents four all four tires, and that money usually goes to charity. Many service stations still offer the use of their compressor for free. Filling your tires with nitrogen, on the other hand, does have a definite cost. You can expect to pay anywhere from two to ten dollars per tire. This is not too high a price to pay, if nitrogen filling can really deliver all that it claims.

According to the companies that manufacture nitrogen compression systems, nitrogen filling will help to save money on not only tire replacement, but gas as well. This is because a tire, over time, will lose minuscule amounts of compressed air through microscopic holes in the tire surface. This will lead to pressure loss. Although you may not notice a change in the vehicle’s handling with a drop of 1-2 psi, it can seriously affect mileage. As the tire loses pressure, more of its surface comes into contact with the road. This increases friction, meaning the engine works harder. It can even lead to a blowout.

Also, oxygen, which is obviously present in large amounts in compressed air, is a terribly reactive element. Think of rust, rot, and decay and you have a pretty good picture of what oxygen can do. Pure nitrogen, however, doesn’t have these problems. Unlike oxygen, nitrogen doesn’t react with the rubber found in tires, so new tires filled with nitrogen will definitely last longer than ones filled compressed air. Because of this, those microscopic holes will not develop, meaning that a tire filled with nitrogen will stay at optimum pressure for longer, barring actual punctures or leaks in other areas. It is worth noting that race cars, military vehicles, and many types of aircraft (including the Space Shuttle) use nitrogen in their tires. Should you?

The question is really one of economics. The above mentioned vehicles use nitrogen instead of compressed air primarily because those tires are extremely expensive (especially on the Shuttle. When you’re total market for a specially designed tire consists of less than ten vehicles you have to charge a lot just to break even). If your tires are old and due for replacement, then spending money filling them nitrogen is probably a fool’s errand. However, if you have recently made an investment in high-quality premium tires, then a further investment in nitrogen filling is the way to go. Although the savings in gas may be small, they definitely do exist, and in today’s marketplace every little bit helps. More importantly, your tires will last considerably longer.

Guide To Clean Tires

Most tires, especially those on a new vehicle, get dirty very quickly. Whether it’s road debris, bad weather, or brake dust, it seems as if the environment around your car is constantly conspiring to turn your wheels black! Luckily it is very simple to clean your tires. Follow this guide to ensure that your tires remain free of dirt and debris that could affect their performance.

Wash your tires and wheels first. When washing your vehicle, start at the tires first. If you end up cleaning the car body itself first, grime and dirt from the wheels will likely spray onto the clean car when you move to the tires. To wash your tires, a simple soap and water mixture usually does the trick. Wet the surface of the tire thoroughly, then use a stiff brush to scrub the tires with the soapy mixture. Be careful not to scrub the actual wheel with the stiff brush, as this may result in unsightly scratching.

Use special cleaner depending on the type of wheels you have. Painted or anodized wheels should not be subjected to the same potent cleansers as roughcast aluminum and chrome wheels. Make sure to select a wheel cleaner that is appropriate for the wheels on your vehicle! If you’re unsure, ask a service representative at your local auto care store or go with a mild cleaner that is safe on all surfaces. Again, a tire wheel brush will help to remove the stubborn bits of debris and brake dust that have worked their way into small crevices.

Rinse tires and wheels thoroughly. Before moving on to the next tire, it’s important to thoroughly rinse the one you just finished with a strong jet of water. Remove all cleansing products and soaps so they do not harden on the surface of the wheel/tire and make your hard work pointless!

Dry wheels with a microfiber cloth. Drying your wheels with a soft cloth helps to get rid of any remaining grime and also helps to prevent water spots. It’s a good idea to dedicate one cloth for wheel drying only. You don’t want to be rubbing brake dust on your car body when drying it.

Apply any other tire care products you prefer. There are tons of other tire care products out there, including sprays and waxes that will really help your tires and wheels shine. You can use whichever ones you like, just remember to carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Information About Buying New Tires

Unfortunately, if you own a vehicle, there will inevitably come a time when you will need to buy new tires. In fact, it is possible that you will need to replace your tires several times because of unforeseen circumstances or just simple wear and tear. So how do you know when you need new tires? Well there are different factors that determine this, and there a few things you need to know before buying any new tires.  More information: custom wheels San Antonio

The life of tires depend on several factors, including the type of tire, the type of vehicle in which they are used, personal driving style and habits, and road and weather conditions. All of these element affect the tire’s treads one way or another. When the treads get low, then it’s time to replace your tires. In fact, federal law states that a tire’s tread depth measuring 2/32 inch has to be replaced. You may want to even replace your tires sooner if you routinely drive in rough weather or road conditions. The best way of staying on top of the condition of your tires is by inspecting them once a month. Before you go buy new tires, determine the tire type and size according to the car owner’s manual. You will see this information as a series of letters and numbers. For example, you may see something like “P205/55R16 94V”. P stands for passenger car. 205 stands for the measurement in millimeters for the cross section width of the tire. 55 is the ratio of the tire’s sidewall height to the cross section width. R stands for radial tire. 16 is the measurement in inches of the wheel diameter. 94 is the maximum load capacity. V is 149 mph-the maximum speed possible with the tire being able to maintain its grip on the road.