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Costco Membership Perk: Free Nitrogen Tire Refills

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Tire Inflation Station at Costco

Did you know about this unique perk of a Costco membership?

Costco is making it easier for members to quickly top off their own tires with nitrogen refills whenever needed. The warehouse club has been installing nitrogen tire refill stations in its parking lots, and these are FREE for members to use!

Filling your tires with nitrogen is better for pressure retention than compressed air and can make your tires last longer and improve the fuel economy of your vehicle!

Tire inflation station at Costco

Look for the complimentary inflation stations (usually located near the Tire Center) and park under one of the signs for “Tire Inflation Parking Only.” Follow the instructions listed on the station, and then you’re ready to get back on the road. Easy peasy!

These stations are for use by Costco members only. If you’re not a member, snag a Costco membership today!

Get even more perks when you buy tires from Costco!

Costco Tire Center

When members buy tires from Costco, the club’s Installation Package also includes lifetime maintenance services like inflation pressure checks, tire balancing, tire rotations, and flat tire repairs.

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Comments 27

  1. Mickey

    How’s does it know you are a member or not

  2. Jessica Roman

    You have to insert your membership card before using

  3. pokz

    Nitrogen?….nice!!!! I can fill up my paintball tank for free!!!

    • Sara

      This is why we can’t have nice things. People like you ruin it for everyone.

      • pokz

        Ruin what? U even know what u talking about? Or what im talking about?…

    • Margaret


    • marie

      Wow. This is for tires, not a free for all. I initially had nitrogen in my tires but switched to air because I could never get into the dealership to get my tires filled and we have an air compressor at home. This will definitely make it easier for people. This really is a need!!

    • Player1

      I realize there may be some sarcasm here.. but if not. This will not get the 3000psi/4500psi you’ll you’re gonna need to fill up your paintball tank.

      • pokz

        True…these peeps dont get it…players do…smh

    • MommySpendsLess

      To those commenting negatively – are you worried about member exceeding the average amount of nitrogen Costco had planned on when they decided to offer this or are you worried about what vessel someone chooses to put their allotment of free nitrogen in?
      Person A is married with 2 teenage kids. They drive down to their local Costco and fill up the tires of 4 vehicles.
      Person B uses Uber they don’t own a car but they fill up a paintball tank (assuming the PSI was correct).
      Is Person A, who is using more of the freebie than Person B really more virtuous just because they’re putting the freebie in tires? What if there’s a Person C who fills up the tires of all their neighbors? They’re giving away a freebie designed only for members but they’re still putting it in tires which is a “need”

      • pokz

        Thanks mommy!.. even if i could..filling up a pb tank is about 1/8 of 1 tire..assumming its a 3k or 4.5k psi…also youll need a quick connect connector to fill a tank..these peeps…smh..good conversation though..right?

  4. Suzanne

    Nice!! Thank you.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

  5. Cin

    Thanks for the info, the only place that had nitrogen was the dealership and it’s not really worth the trip but that won’t be a problem anymore!

  6. Missy

    Can you add nitrogen to the regular air already in the tires, or does it have to be completely one or the other?

    • Suzanne

      I asked this question at my dealership and was told it’s safe to mix the two.

    • Robin Schreiber

      Totally safe. Air is made of 21 percent oxygen and 78 percent nitrogen. The 100 percent nitrogen just leaks slower.

    • Chemist

      Air is 78% nitrogen, no issues with mixing in “pure” nitrogen.

  7. RansomedOne

    I got my tires and N2 fill when I lived in FL but now that I’m in CO I can’t find a place to fill my N2 tires so I’ve just put 02 in them. Anyone know if Costco would let me “drain” my tire (assuming they have N2 at Costcos in CO) and refill them entirely. Maybe better question: Is there any value to having N2 in my tires in CO? (Loan me your gear-head husbands please)

    • RansomedOne

      FYI – I bought the tires from Costco in FL where they filled them with N2

    • everest716

      The main benefit of nitrogen-filled tires is that the loss of tire pressure is slower, because the gas in the tire escapes more slowly than air does. With more stable tire pressure, the thinking goes, you’ll get better gas mileage and get full tire life since you’re always rolling on fully inflated tires. I definitely prefer nitrogen, the last tires I bought were filled with air and when the temp changed I got a low tire pressure warning on my vehicle..

  8. Ms

    Is there a way to check online which costco location has this? Thanks.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Not online, but you can call your local store to ask.

    • Mr.

      Any costco with a tire center will typically fill your tires up for free even if they do not have a dedicated machine like this out front. Just drive up to one of the bays and ask them. Sometimes they will fill it for you. Such great service!

      • Ms

        Thanks for the tip.

  9. Liza

    If your Costco has a tire center they fill it with nitrogen for free (just in case your Costco doesn’t have these stand alone nitrogen machines yet)

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