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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

Man Measuring Tire Tread

Ensuring your tires are in good condition is vital to keeping you safe on Escondido roads and keeping your Acura running optimally. Have you asked yourself, “how do I check tire tread wear?” This guide from our tire center experts will answer just that! Read on below for a few methods on how to check tire tread depth and what to do if it’s time for maintenance.

Healthy Tire Tread Depth

The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends tire replacement when your tread depth reaches 2/32 of an inch or less. Brand new tires for most average, daily vehicles have a tread depth of around ⅓ inch (about 10/32 or 11/32 to be exact). Note that snow tires or special off-roading tires will have deeper standard grooves to improve traction, so be sure to check the proper depth if your vehicle is equipped with such alternatives.

Hoping to maximize the lifespan of your tires? We’ve put together some tips that could help!

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

Now that we know the recommended tire tread depth for a replacement, it’s time to learn how to check tire tread depth. There are three simple ways to measure tire tread depth:

  • Visibly. Hopefully, your tires will never get to the point of wear in which you can simply see it from looking upon your tires. Bald tires are extremely dangerous and should be replaced immediately in order to maintain your safety on San Diego streets.
  • A Ruler. Considering the measurements in the previous paragraph, simply fit a ruler in the grooves of your tires and read for current depth. If it measures less than an ⅓ inch, contact our service center today to schedule your tire replacement.
  • The Penny Test. If you don’t have a ruler laying around your Temecula garage, you can measure tire tread depth with a penny. Simply insert Lincoln head-first into the groove. If his head is fully visible, your tires are worn and need to be replaced. If some of his head dips into the tread, you’re good for more mileage!

Schedule Tire Service at Acura of Escondido

With an understanding of how to check tire tread depth, conduct a quick measurement. Is Lincoln’s head showing? Is it less than ⅓ inch? If so, schedule a service appointment today. Our Acura of Escondido service center experts are happy to perform your tire replacement, or other tire services like rotations, balances, and alignments to ensure your safety throughout Carlsbad and beyond!

Looking for more DIY car care tips? Start by learning how to check your car’s oil level or how to clean your car seats.

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