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Old 06-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #41
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Automotive grade nitrogen, hmmmmm.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:05 PM   #42
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Nitrogen filled, (heh), you're kidding, right.
Thought I was foolin' ya, didn't ya?

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Additionally, we inflate your tires with nitrogen, not compressed air. Nitrogen retains tire pressure better over time than compressed air, which can positively impact the life of your tires, as well as the fuel economy of your vehicle.
Costco.com - Shop for Tires
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Thought I was foolin' ya, didn't ya?
No, I've seen the signs for that at our local Costco.

I also saw lots of gearheads and chemistry geeks in the parking lot laughing and pointing and taking photos to post on their blogs.

Maybe an N2-filled tire makes a difference at the Indy 500 or on a high-performance aircraft. I'm skeptical. But for us mortal drivers, the only difference it makes is enabling us to pay a stupid tax on enhancing Costco's bottom line.

Come to think of it, maybe that's why they don't have those signs out anymore.
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.................Come to think of it, maybe that's why they don't have those signs out anymore.
Well they still seem to be doing it, or at least they are using up their supply of green valve stem caps.

I agree that it is a gimmick.
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Hey, thanks again for asking this question, Kaneohe. I asked the Costco mechanic yesterday and he said the air hose is free for anyone with a Costco card, whether or not we actually happened to buy tires there.
Glad that was useful........the thing I like best (besides being free) is that you aren't running against a clock. When all the other stations around here went to a timed 75cents machine, I always felt stressed like being on a speeded-up assembly line. Even though the time was usually enough to do all 4 tires, I always felt under pressure. Now maybe I'll survive to a ripe old age
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Nitrogen is the old stuff, I switched over to Helium and my car seems to float over the bumps now.
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Nitrogen is the old stuff, I switched over to Helium and my car seems to float over the bumps now.
Yea, but isn't it a pain having to tether it when you park?
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Yea, but isn't it a pain having to tether it when you park?
Yeah, my neighbors call it the blimp.
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Nitrogen is the old stuff, I switched over to Helium and my car seems to float over the bumps now.
That would be a pretty costly way to fill your tires given the helium market these days.
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That would be a pretty costly way to fill your tires given the helium market these days.

Well, if people are buying Nitrogen they'll buy Helium. In the car business there is an old saying "there's an a$$ for every seat"
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