How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

Worried about the wear on your tires? If you’re wondering, “How do I check tire tread depth?” you’ve come to the right place! Outten CDJR is happy to assist you in any way we can. According to our service department near Reading, all you need is a ruler or penny to check your tire tread depth at home.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

New tires should have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch—about a third of an inch. Of course, off-road tires, winter tires, certain types of truck and SUV tires, and other specialty tires are likely to have even deeper tread grooves.

At what point should you worry about your tire tread depth? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, tires should be replaced at 2/32 of an inch. At that level of wear, it’s potentially dangerous to drive on Pottsville roads. If you need new tires or want to know how to maintain and extend the life of your current tires, reach out to the Outten CDJR parts department or order parts from us online.

The Penny Test

Sure, a ruler is a great way to accurately check tire tread depth, but using a penny is more fun—and it’s easier to find a penny when you’re on the run. Old honest Abe is happy to assist you in keeping your tires healthy.

Check Tire Tread Depth with a Penny

  1. Penny in hand, insert the penny into your tire’s tread groove. Lincoln’s face should be facing you and his head should be upside down.
  2. Can you still see Lincoln’s head? How much of Lincoln’s head can you see?
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, it’s time to replace your tires. That means your tire tread is 2/32 inches deep or less!
  4. Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

More Ways to Check Tire Health

There are special tools available in Schuylkill Haven to check your tires, such as a tire tread depth gauge, or tread wear bars that have a visible mark built into the tire which indicates the 2/32 inch mark. While you are checking your tire tread depth, some of the other things to look for include:

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

Maintain Your Tires at Outten CDJR

If you’re uncertain about your tire tread depth, you can always schedule an appointment at the Outten CDJR service center for a consultation. Similarly, we’re happy to answer any other questions you have about vehicle maintenance or parts, from resetting Chrysler’s Uconnect® infotainment system to detailing how a timing belt should be running and figuring out why your brakes are shaky. Call Outten CDJR any time at ​877-330-4428!

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