Published on April 4th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Do We Need Nitrogen In Our Car Tires?


The subject of using nitrogen to inflate car tyres has received considerable publicity over the past few years; particularly since some tyre retailers have been promoting its supposed benefits. It is well known that nitrogen gas has been used to inflate the tyres of racing cars, aircraft and heavy commercial vehicles for some time. However it is only a few years ago that it has come into use in normal passenger cars with shops advertising it actively.

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So what is nitrogen?

Nitrogen is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, and non-toxic gas that forms about 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere. The benefits claimed for using nitrogen over compressed air for inflating tyres are that it:

  • Reduces the tyre’s running temperature
  • Improves the ride quality
  • Keeps tyre pressures more constant
  • Slows the rate of pressure loss
  • Doesn’t react with the tyre and rim materials

Disadvantages of nitrogen

Nitrogen also has a few disadvantages that should be taken into account. These include:

  • Cost
  • Maintenance
  • Availability

is seen at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Goodyear Support Our Troops, on Thursday, May, 21, 2015 in Concord, N.C. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Goodyear)

What Does It Cost

The typical charge for nitrogen is between RM5 and RM10 per tyre for a passenger car. The decision is ultimately yours but we rather stick to plain old compressed air from the petrol station which is free and easily available anytime.


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