How to Measure Tire Tread Depth

November 28th, 2018 by

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Good tire treads are essential for proper traction on Greenwich roads–if your tire tread depth is too low, this can lead to poorer fuel efficiency, flat tires, blowouts, and dangerous skidding. But don’t fret! Explore our guide to checking tire tread wear to find out if you need to replace your tires at Jaguar Darien, then visit our service and parts departments for all your tire needs.

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How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

The lowest tire tread measurement before you need to change your tires is  2/32 of an inch. If the treads are lower than that, don’t hesitate to head to your New Canaan-area tire shop or dealership and get your tires replaced.

There are a couple methods for tire tread measurement, and some of them you can do with items lying around your house or even in your pocket so you can check on the go!

  1. Check for an indicator mark. Some tires have a red mark built into the rubber that indicates when you have reached the 2/32-inch limit.
  2. Use a ruler. Insert the ruler between the tire tread grooves to measure the dept, but be sure to account for the tiny amount of extra space at the beginning of the ruler.
  3. Use the penny trick. With Lincoln’s head face-first, stick the penny between the grooves. If you can see his whole face sticking out, your treads are too thin.
  4. Be thorough. Be sure to measure your tire tread depth on all four tires, and in multiple places on each tire.

Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape at Jaguar Darien

If it’s time to replace your tires in Stamford, schedule service at Jaguar Darien. Get more tips from our service center, like how to unlock a steering wheel, and rely on us for your vehicle maintenance needs, from tire alignments to oil changes to major repairs. Be sure to check our rotating service specials and parts specials to get a great deal on your next visit!

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