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How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

Close up of tire tread depth

Are you wondering, “How do I check tire tread wear?” Don’t fret – Jordan Toyota has your answers in our handy guide. With just a ruler or penny, you can check your tire tread depth right at home. Learn more from the experts at Jordan Toyota, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or to learn how often to replace your vehicle’s battery!

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

Drivers who purchased a new Toyota vehicle or just new tires, can expect a tread depth of 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). Winter tires and tires designed for your off-roading adventures, as well as many truck and SUV tires, may have deeper tread grooves.

At 2/32 of an inch, it’s best to replace your tires, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Proper tire tread depth is important for safe driving in the Granger area, and proper tire care can extend the life of your tires.

The Penny Test

While the most accurate way to check tire tread depth is with a ruler, a penny is another option. The design on the U.S. penny makes it an excellent household tool to measure your tire wear. Follow the steps below to check the tire tread depth.

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head face first into a tire tread groove.
  2. See if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
  3. Can you see his entire face? If so, your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less, and it’s time to replace them.
  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 Osceola to check your tires, such as a tire tread depth gauge, or tread wear bars with a visible mark built into the tire that indicates the 2/32 inch mark. While you are checking your tire tread depth, there are things to inspect that include:

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

Maintain Your Tires at Jordan Toyota

Whether you want to learn how to check the tire tread depth, or you would like to learn the benefits of genuine Toyota parts, the factory-trained technicians at the Jordan Toyota service center are here to help! Contact our service department with any questions, and be sure to peruse our parts and service specials to get a great deal!

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920 East Jefferson Blvd.
Mishawaka, IN, 46545 United States
(574) 259-1981
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