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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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While it may not be on your mind, the tread on your tires works hard every time you take to the Omaha streets. With that said, you might be asking yourself, “How do I check tire tread wear?” If you want to learn how to check tire tread depth, Sid Dillon Mazda is your go-to resource. We offer a wide range of service tips to keep your Lincoln commutes smooth and enjoyable. Over time, your tire tread will decrease naturally. So, there’s not much you can do to stop tire tread wear, but you can monitor it for safer Blair travels.

Healthy tire tread is crucial for traction and actually helps to maintain the performance of your vehicle. Below, the Sid Dillon Mazda service team will help you learn how to check tire tread depth so you can have greater confidence on your Fremont drives. All you’ll need is a ruler or a penny and you can check your tire tread depth!

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

When you buy a fresh set of tires, they’ll generally have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). Winter tires, off-road tires, truck tires, and SUV tires usually have deeper tread grooves to meet the demands these tires will endure.

How do you know when your tread depth is too low for safe driving? The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that tires should be replaced when their tread depth is measuring at 2/32 of an inch. 

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?: The Penny Test

While a ruler or a tread depth gauge will bring the most accurate results, a standard U.S penny is a great tool for measuring tread depth! Follow these steps to use the penny test to check your tire tread depth:

  1. Place the penny within your tire tread groove. You’ll want to put Lincoln’s head face down.
  2. Check to see if Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread grooves, making it no longer visible.
  3. If you can see Lincoln’s head, your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less. This means you’ll need to replace your tires for safe driving.
  4. Repeat this same process in multiple spots on each tire for an accurate assessment of the health of your tires.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?: Other Methods

Along with a penny, you can use specialized tools to check tread depth:

  • Tread Depth Gauge: You can find a tread depth gauge at any local auto parts store. Start by inserting the probe into the shallowest tread groove. Next, press the top bar of the gauge flat against the tire to get a tread depth reading.
  • Tread Wear Bars: Most tires are equipped with tread wear indicators built into them. If you spot these bars and they’re flush with the surrounding tire ribs, your tread depth is 2/32 of an inch or less.

Service Your Vehicle With Sid Dillon Mazda!

Now that you’re well-versed in how to check tire tread depth, you can travel with greater peace of mind. Sid Dillon Mazda is here to offer a variety of tire care tips, so you can learn how long tires last and what causes tires to wear unevenly. When you need maintenance tips or expert service, visit us in Fremont.

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