The Science of Nitrogen Tire Inflation
The Abuse of Tires
Your fleets’ tires are among the most important safety features. You pay attention to fuel and oil levels of your vehicles to ensure optimal operation, so why don’t we pay more attention to proper tire inflation?
Tires are tough and can take a lot of abuse, but when they are not properly maintained you’re at risk of a critical failure. The leading cause of tire failure is underinflation.
Modern Science Meets Fleet Tire Pressure Maintenance
Since 2004, nitrogen has been replacing air in cars, trucks, and heavy equipment. The fact is, it is superior to air in maintaining pressure in any temperature. When tires maintain pressure, bus safety improves, fuel economy gets a boost, tire lifetime is extended and maintenance costs go down.
Fuel & Tire Saver performs on site tire services that include Nitrogen-only inflations. FTS uses Nitrogen in all of our tire fills because this one small change in tire maintenance, particularly in heavier, multi-tire vehicles, can save fleets thousands of dollars annually. Try us today.
The Case For Our Astraea III Nitrogen
Nitrogen provides better tire pressure retention during the daily life of a tire. Nitrogen molecules are larger and less likely to escape through the tire wall, maintaining tire pressure, improving handling and fuel economy all while reducing tire wear. The secret to successful use of nitrogen is consistent and regular inflation with high quality nitrogen gas.
Regular Air Filled Tire
- Tire heats up fast
- Air easily permeates the tire wall
- Air pressure reduced frequently
- Moisture causes large swings in tire pressure
Nitrogen Filled Tire
- Tires remain cooler
- Air pressure retained for longer periods
- Lighter tires
- Dry, high-quality nitrogen is more stable and eliminates drastic pressure swings
The Daily Cycle of a Tire
On a daily basis, tires go through many different phases. These cyclical, constant changes have a negative, compounding impact on tire life and tire tread.
Because air inflated tires leak oxygen molecules through the rubber tire membrane, underinflation speeds up the cycle even more. Proper nitrogen tire inflation is the answer to this destructive cycle because nitrogen can sustain higher heat levels triggered during use, and bigger N2 molecules don’t leak from the tires at the same rate as air.
FTS is Nitrogen PLUS
Predictive Fleet Maintenance with Consistent, Quality Data
Our proprietary mobile nitrogen tire inflation service vehicles provide you with consistent data and reporting to accurately and efficiently refine budgeting. Get Your Own Fleet Tire Efficiency Analysis today.
Vehicle Tire Life Map
Shows the on-vehicle tire inventory and expected tire replacement date. Eliminates premature replacement costs and promotes predictive replacement scheduling.
Tire Life Heat Map
Shows tire life by vehicle, by tire position, for the entire fleet. Allows maintenance team to focus on near-team problem areas with confidence that the rest of the fleet is in good shape.
FTS MPG Improvement Chart
Through our proprietary tire management solution, we also track MPG improvement from our service, which provides a window into efficient bus operations.