TYRE INFLATION-Is Using Nitrogen A Good Thing?do we really need it

What are the benefits of using Nitrogen gas for tyre inflation ?

This is one of those things that I have been thinking about for a couple of years now? TYRE INFLATION. I had heard that nitrogen was been used in F1 car wheels and tyres and at first I thought it was a bit of a gimmick.

filling racing tyres with nitrogen gas

 

I also found out that the aircraft industry also used nitrogen gas for their tyre inflation to inflate their tyres, so I decided to look into the possibility of us using the gas to offer a better service to our customers. We are always trying to keep ahead by using the latest technology to make the job of fitting tyres much easier, as tyre development is heading at a fast pace, for example the  “run flat tyre” , without the latest tyre fitting machines it would be impossible to fit run flat tyres because of their very tough side walls.

My thought was that we already inflate tyres with 78% nitrogen, so what difference will it make ?.(the air that we breath consists of 78% nitrogen with 21% oxygen and 1% other gases) so why bother using 100% nitrogen for tyre inflation ?.

In car tyres the air will slowly escape through the inner lining of the tyre, it will also escape from the valve and the seal between the tyres bead and the wheel rim this happens even if the wheel is an alloy wheel or a steel wheel. The pure nitrogen will leak at a much slower rate, but it is important that the motorist still check the tyre inflation pressures at regular intervals.

One of the main benefits is that when normal compressed air is used for tyre inflation, then this leads to condensation forming inside the tyre, which then leads to corrosion of the bead area resulting in more air loss, this is a common problem and we have to clean most wheels with a wire brush and paste the bead area of the wheel with special paste to prevent further corrosion, when we fit a new tyre. When using nitrogen this problem is eliminated as the oxygen, which is the main problem is removed. This is why aircraft use nitrogen because at high altitude where the temperature is very cold, there is no water vapor inside the tyres to freeze thus eliminating any problems with ice in a frozen tyre on landing.

In motor racing F1 cars use nitrogen to eliminate any variation in the tyres temperature which could affect the cars performance ,by using nitrogen gas for tyre inflation this problem is not a problem because the tyres temperature remains more stable.

To use nitrogen for tyre inflation or not ?tyre inflation

This is the thing that is in my mind. Some tyre companies charge extra for the service, but the customer has to return to re-inflate there tyres with nitrogen and in a busy tyre bay you could have cars queuing up down the road just inflate their tyres with nitrogen. I am not yet 100% sure that this is a good thing, I am thinking that perhaps I should offer this as part of the service , such as wheel balancing then leave it up to the customer if they want to keep calling back for their tyres inflating with nitrogen.

For more reading…

“You might be aware that purified nitrogen has been used to inflate tyres on aircraft and racing cars for many years but does it really make sense for ordinary car and van tyres?”… http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/safety/filling-tyres-with-nitrogen.html

More reading…

“A recent study found that 93.5 percent of cars in Europe have under-inflated tires, wasting some 2.14 billion gallons of high-priced, polluting fuel every year. Analysts believe the situation is no less severe in North America. But filling tires with costly nitrogen instead of air would likely make little difference — best to just keep an eye on your tires and keep them properly inflated.”… http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nitrogen-filled-tires-fuel-efficiency

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

 

 

Tyre Care for Women-(This includes Everyone really)

Tyre Care for Women-Don’t think that because you are a woman you are exempt from checking the tyres on your car and making sure it is running well.

While many notice odd sounds as they drive or shaky handling during a trip, tyres tend to get overlooked until you hit a pothole and wind up with a flat. What you don’t realize is that tyres are important in keeping the car in control during a ride. They grip the road and keep your automobile firmly on course. But tyres need care just like any piece of equipment and it really won’t take too much of your time to keep them working well.( We promise).

Point-S logo on Pellon Tyres depot in Halifax Uk

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Inflation

Make sure your tyres are properly inflated. Not only will this ensure they will be performing the way they should, but it will also increase your fuel mileage, which translates to fuel savings. And we just love the word savings, don’t we ladies? To check the Air Pressure on your own, use a pressure gauge which can easily be purchased at just about any car equipment store. Make sure to check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold or wait until 3 hours after you’ve driven to check it. Insert the pressure gauge into valve stem of your tyre. The gauge will pop out and indicate a number which will refer to the tyre pressure. To figure out the recommended  pressure for your tyre, look at the sticker found on the driver’s door of your vehicle or in your owner’s manual.

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Rotation

We’re all for extending the life of a tyre if that means we can defer the expense further into the future. Tyre rotation is one of the recommended ways with which you can get the most out of Tyre Care for Women.  When the tyres are rotated and moved to a different position on your car, this allows them to wear evenly and equally. The recommended  rotation is every 6 months.

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Balance

Now it sounds odd, but wheel Dynamic Balancing is exactly that- after your wheel is mounted, it is checked for areas that are heavier or lighter. Weights are then added to the interior or

Tyre Care for Women

Correct wheel balancing is also important

exterior of the wheel to balance it out. Why do the wheels even need to be balanced, you ask? An off balance wheel can result in wobbly handling of the car or bouncing. This results in uneven tread wear, increased vibration and unnecessary stress on your vehicle. Tyres should be balanced when your purchase new ones, when you have a tyre replaced, or when a

Correct tyre pressures are very important Tyre Care for Women

weight is dislodged or removed.

Tyre Alignment 

As technical as it may sound, this is simply adjusting the angle of the wheels in order for the wheels to work as they are intended. Proper wheel alignment will allow for the correct tread wear and will allow the car to travel straight without pulling to one side. While newly purchased cars have their tyres aligned going out of the factory, you should have your tyres aligned if you have hit something substantial like a large pothole or an embankment, if you notice a difference in the handling of your car from before, and if you notice a wear pattern developing on the outer edges of the tread area.

Now that you know what to do to keep your tyres working well, do remember that except for checking your pressure, the other items need to be handled by professionals and experts when it comes to all things that have to do with tyres. Just like you know how to keep your teeth healthy, you’re not going to try and fill a cavity on your own, are you? You would want a professional who knows what he is doing to take charge. The same should be said of your tyres. After all, the tyres are what keep your car gripped to the road. You want them to be handled by someone who knows a thing or two about Tyre Care for Women.

Tyre Care for Women

So where do i start ?

Luckily Point-S has over 160 centres across the UK for your tyre check up. And because they know everything and anything that has to do with tyres, you know your tyres are in good hands.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Flat Tyres-Self Healing Polymer Will Make Flat Tyres Things of the Past

Flat Tyres

Flat Tyres may be a thing of the past?

Remember how the T-100 terminator robot from Terminator 2 could heal itself? Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to own something that would do the same thing, like busted plastic pipes or flat tyres that repair …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Is an end to puncture repairs what the tyres industry want ?

I have been in the tyre business now for a long time and one of the things that we do on a daily basis, is to repair punctured tyres. I have always considered repairing

Flat Tyres

Flat Tyres requiring a repair

punctures as part of the wider service that we offer to our customers. It is nice to see a smiling face when we tell our customers that their tyre will repair and instead of the bill for a new tyre, they only have to pay a small amount for their tyre repairing, making them very happy customers. Also we can get drivers call in with Flat Tyres that do need a new tyre, that’s tough but its all part of repairing tyres and the service that we offer.

There have been many attempts by companies to provide different cans of chemicals to repair Flat Tyres but in my opinion they have failed, but with the advent of the cars without spares and runflat tyres companies are always on the lookout for new materials that will seal a nail hole or screw hole when the tyre is penetrated known as Run Flat Tyres Repair, Continental have come with a special tyre that may protect the driver from a penetration in their Flat Tyres, but now it looks like they are experimenting with polymer materials which replicate our own skin by healing themselves, providing the damage caused is not too great.

Flat Tyres

Sicherheitsreifen, safety tire, runflat system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As thus article states some of these polymers have been around since WW11 and were created when there was a shortage of rubber. Scientists in Spain are experimenting with new polymers that can regenerate similar to human skin, therefore healing Flat Tyres that has been penetrated by a foreign object. Please read more… http://www.cidetec.es/en/index.aspx

It could be the end of the tyre repairing as we know it, I am all for safety but I am not sure about these developments.

Written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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Punctured Tyre-Lady Drove over 20 Miles on a flat TYRE ?

 

Punctured Tyre

Complete side wall ripped off ?

Lady Customer Drove over 20 mile on this Punctured Tyre ?

This is one of the strangest stories I have heard in the past two years. A lady customer called in to claim that she had a service done 

Punctured Tyre

This Continental tyre although shredded to bits was driven on by a lady customer for twenty miles?wow

to her Audi estate about a month ago, and the car was now acting very strangely. She said that when the car was going round the bend she could feel it swaying slightly, but it was steering perfectly normal on the straight roads. We asked her how long the car had been doing this and she said that for a couple of days or about twenty miles. We went to put the Audi on the ramp, but noticed the car was sloping to one side ?.

When we checked ,she had a tyre that was completely ripped off on one of the side walls.

This Punctured Tyre had in fact been driving with the same characters as Continental Run Flat Tyres, for more than twenty miles. The lady customer had not suspected anything because the car had not swerved violently or even veered from side to side, as you might expect from a big car such as the Audi estate. The Punctured Tyre is the one shown in this blog and the ripped off side-wall can be easily seen. Credit should also be given to the Continental Sports Contact that took the battering, although not a run-flat it did remarkably well.

Short article by Eric Roberts..

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell run-flat tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.