How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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Are you wondering, “How do I check tire tread wear?” It’s much easier than you might think. All you need on hand is a ruler or a penny, and you can check tire tread depth at your home in the La Grange area. Below, you can learn more about how to check tire tread depth in our step-by-step guide. And, whenever you need tire service in the future, you can schedule a visit at our service center in Oviedo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT! 

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth? 

Brand-new tires have a tread depth of around 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. Of course, winter tires and tires designed for off-roading, as well as heavy-duty truck and SUV tires, often have deeper grooves for better traction. 

So, when should you replace your tires, based on tread depth? When your tires reach about 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to replace your tires, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Making sure your tires have the correct tread is critical to driving safely in the Giddings area. 

What’s the Penny Test? 

Using a ruler is the most accurate way to measure tire tread depth. If you don’t have a ruler, you can substitute it with a penny. The way the penny is designed makes it the perfect tool for measuring tire tread depth. You can follow the steps below to measure the remaining tread on your tires: 

  1. Place a penny with Lincoln’s head into the tread groove. 
  2. If Lincoln’s head is covered between the grooves, your tires are still in good shape. 
  3. If most or all of Lincoln’s head is visible, that means it’s time to replace your tires. 
  4. Do this for all four tires, and try measuring the tread depth in several locations on the tires. 

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear Using Other Methods?

Nowadays, many people use debit or credit cards to make purchases, rather than cash. So, if you don’t have a penny handy, you can measure tread depth in one of the following ways: 

  • Use a Tread Depth Gauge: To use a tire tread depth gauge, you’ll need to purchase one. They’re affordable and are great investments. This way, you can check tire tread depth from home and get an accurate reading. 
  • Use Tread Wear Bars: Most tires have built-in tread wear indicator bars. They can be found at the bottom of the tread grooves and are spread out across the tire. If the bars are flush with the tire ribs surrounding them, it means the tread depth has reached the limit of 2/32 of an inch.

Rely on Oviedo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT for Expert Tire Service 

If your tires have reached 2/32 of an inch, Oviedo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT is your trusted source for tire replacement. We offer the best tires for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles in the La Grange area. Contact us online or call us at 888-526-1857 to schedule an appointment for tire service. In the meantime, learn more about how to perform a tire rotation at home, and other routine services. 

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