As part of my preparation for this road trip I tried out something new. I went to a local car dealership and had the air in my tires cleaned out and exchanged for nitrogen gas.
I had known that NASCAR was using it in the race tires and that the military used it, but I had not know that it was so readily available. It was from a company called NitroFill that has dealer outlets all over the nation. Even one in LasCruses, NM.
I have always advocated to folks to check their tire pressures. Tire pressures tend to change with changes in weather, temperature, changes in altitude, etc. Knowing that I have traveled over 2000 miles and certainly have gone through several altitude changes I fully expected that I would have to top off the tires with more nitrogen.
I went to the NitroFill web site, searched on dealers in New Mexico, found that one was about 4 miles from where I am staying and drove over. They pulled my car right in and hooked the tire’s valve stems to the machine. The tire pressures were perfect!
I was stunned, happily stunned. The technician explained that so far no one who has used nitrogen has had to get the pressures fixed.
Wow, this is great.
I’ll keep checking as the trip and the miles continue, but it sure looks like a great way to fill your tires. Regular pressurized air contains moisture and oxygen. Both of those are not that nice to your tires. Nitrogen is denser than air and therefore is not as likely to leak. With no oxygen and water my alloy wheels are better protected and the tires are less likely to rot from the inside out.
If any of you have had similar experiences, let us know.