Tire Tread

How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

If you’ve inspected your tires lately, you’ve probably wondered, ‘how do I check tire tread wear?’ Wonder no more because %di_name%% know the exact answer to your question! All you need is a ruler or penny to check your tire tread depth right at home. Keep reading to find out how these basic household items can come to the rescue. Should your vehicle require new tires, check out our tire store to find the perfect set of wheels for your Kia.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth 

New tires will have a tread depth of about 10/32 of an inch to 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). Winter tires and tires that are designed for off-roading, as well as some truck and SUV tires, may have deeper tread grooves.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, once your tire tread depth measures at 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to replace them. Not only is proper tire tread depth critical to safe driving in Boulder City, but properly caring for your tires on a regular basis can even extend their lives. 

The Penny Test 

While a ruler is the most accurate way to check tire tread depth, a penny will suffice. The design on the U.S. penny makes it a great, easily accessible tool to measure tire tread depth. Follow these steps to check the remaining tread depth of your tires:

  1. Insert the penny into a tire tread groove with Lincoln’s head facing into the groove.
  2. Check to see if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the groove.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, this means that your tire treats are 2/32 of an inch deep, or less. Meaning, it’s time for a tire replacement. 
  4. Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations of each tire to get more accurate results.

More Ways to Check tire Tread Depth

There are other ways that Pahrump drivers can check tire tread depth. Some additional tools you can use are a tire tread depth gauge or tread wear bars that are actually built into most tires and tell you when you should change them. While you’re checking your vehicle’s tire tread depth, here some other things that should be inspected as well:

  • Tire pressure
  • Any visible tire damage
  • Tire rot or disintegration
  • Wheel alignment 

Visit Jim Marsh Kia to Maintain Your Tires!

Now that you know how to check tire tread depth from home, visit our repair center or contact us so our expert technicians can handle all of your vehicle maintenance needs. We’d be happy to help if you still have questions regarding how to check tire tread wear. Also, check out our service specials that will help you maintain your vehicle’s health at a price your budget will appreciate!

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