FAQs about using Nitrogen

How do I sell the concept of Nitrogen tyre inflation to my customers?

PCL offer a comprehensive point of sale pack free with each Nitrogen Generator unit

  • FREE leaflets and a counter-top dispenser, explaining the science behind the Nitrogen inflation concept, and how Nitrogen benefits the tyre customer, including quotes from referenced studies and reports from industry professionals.
  • FREE posters promoting the benefits of Nitrogen tyre inflation to the tyre customers at point of sale.
  • FREE banner to display outside the tyreshop promoting the Nitrogen tyre inflation service.
  • FREE gifts to give away to encourage sales, including chrome plated N2 tyre valve caps, N2 ‘trolley coin’ key rings and N2 car air fresheners.

Is Nitrogen dangerous?

No. Nitrogen is an inert, dead gas. It cannot burn or explode, and is also completely dry. In fact, Nitrogen is used in most fire extinguishers.

Do I change my pressures when I inflate tyres with Nitrogen?

No, always inflate your tyres to the pressures recommended by the tyre manufacturer/dealer. Because your tyres are inflated with Nitrogen they should remain at optimum pressure for longer than an air inflated tyre.

Can I top up with air?

Yes but it is not recommended. Nitrogen makes up 78% of our atmosphere. But always, if possible, use Nitrogen. Diluting the Nitrogen will dilute the benefits.

What if I have a puncture?

You can inflate the repaired tyre with air if Nitrogen is not available. Just convert it back to Nitrogen at your earliest convenience.

Can inflating your tyres with Nitrogen help fuel economy?

Yes, because your tyres are at the correct pressure all the time, their rolling resistance will be reduced, reducing the energy being consumed, thereby lowering fuel consumption. Less friction equals less consumption of energy.

Can I use a Nitrogen cylinder or a Nitrogen liquid bulk tank to fill my tyres?

Nitrogen from a cylinder is the same gas as onsite Nitrogen from a Nitrogen generator, but cylinder Nitrogen is at a very high pressure (approx. 200bar). It is therefore very dangerous. The gas would also need to be purchased per kilogram, so it is expensive.

Nitrogen gas made by an onsite Nitrogen generator is at approx. 10bar and at ambient temperature. The gas is also continuously generated as needed.

The only cost involved is the purchase/rental of the Nitrogen generator and the running cost of the compressor, and so it is the most cost effective method when compared to the previous two methods. A common leak in a hose or a pipeline would not cost anything. Onsite Nitrogen is therefore the perfect method for tyre inflation.