At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're asked a lot of questions from our friends in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area about their vehicle and the best practices to make sure that everything is going smoothly. One of the most common questions that we're asked is "how do I check my tire pressure?. While actually checking your tire pressure is fairly simple, there are other factors to look for when judging your tires and their overall well-being.

In our informative guide, we'll tackle the important aspects of your tires, such as signs that you have low tire pressure, checking your tread, and how to check your tire pressure. We hope this guide will help you in the future when it comes time to check the status of your tires.

Low Tire Pressure Signs

While it's not always obvious you're riding on tires that are low on air, there are many ways you can tell. After learning these signs, you should keep your eyes and ears out when on the road so you can know, without a doubt, if your tire pressure is low. 

  • Squealing Tires. Hearing this type of loud pitch shrill sound is enough to make you cringe. However, it's an important indicator that your tires are running on low air. This is more noticeable when you're cornering. Make sure to check your tires right away if you hear this sound.
  • Uneasy Drive. This indicator may be hard to gauge at first, but if you notice it, you'll know exactly what we mean. When you're out driving, and the ride seems soft and squishy, it could mean low pressure. Another indicator that seems unusual is when you're driving over rough terrain. If the vehicle bounces more than usual, you should have your tires checked.
  • Dashboard Indicator. Vehicles today are equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. If these sensors detect a drop in air pressure, you'll be notified by the dashboard light.

Checking Your Tread

While driving on low tread doesn't always affect your tire pressure, one false move could end up bursting your tire, and you'll need to find a replacement. However, it's better to plan ahead rather than be stuck on the side of the road. Luckily, there's a simple way to check your tread.

  • Take a penny and place it inside your tread track with Lincoln's head pointing down.
  • If you can see above Lincoln's head, you have low tread and you should start looking at a replacement. 

Checking Your Tire Pressure

In order to successfully check your tire pressure, you'll need a reliable tire pressure gauge. You can use a digital gauge, which delivers a quick read out. However, you should always keep a manual gauge on hand just to be safe. Before checking your tire pressure, find out the factory-recommended PSI to know how to assess your tire pressure.

  • Make sure that your tires are cold and that you've haven't driven yet.
  • Insert the tire gauge into your tire's valve.
  • Hold the gauge still until you can clearly see the readout.

We hope you found this guide helpful. Remember, though, if you ever need any assistance with your vehicle, you can always stop by and see us or schedule your appointment online. We're always happy to help our friends in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area keep their vehicle in the best of shape.


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