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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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As you’re driving around Smithtown, you’ll want to ensure that your tires have the necessary traction for maximized safety and grip. With that being said, even the highest quality tires will eventually wear down and need to be replaced. When you schedule a service appointment with our team, our experts will regularly inspect your tires to ensure that you have the most amount of traction for your drives.

But, what if you like to tackle auto projects in your own Huntington garage? If you prefer to work on your own vehicle, it’s important that you regularly check your tire tread to ensure that you’re keeping yourself and others safe on the road. Learn how to check your tire tread depth today with the service experts at Atlantic Chevrolet!

What Should Your Tire Tread Be At?

Before we touch on how to check your tire tread, you’ll want to know the recommended tire tread that your tires should have. Depending on your specific vehicle, the recommended tire tread depth can vary. Some tires range from 10/32 of an inch to 11/32 of an inch. More aggressive off-road tires with deeper tread could have even more depth.

To ensure your tires are working optimally, you’ll want to replace your tires when they’re close to 2/32 of an inch. Replacing your tires any later could compromise your safety during your Medford commute.

How to Check Tire Tread Depth 3 Different Ways

There are many different ways to check your tire tread. In fact, you don’t even need a tire tread tool to correctly check your tire tread. With three different ways to check your tire tread depth, it’s never been easier to ensure that you have the most amount of traction on your drives. Here are the three most common ways to check your tire tread depth:

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear With a Tire Guage?

  1. Most auto parts stores will have a tire gauge you can purchase.
  2. After you’ve gotten the tire gauge, inspect your tires for the shallowest part of the tread.
  3. Place the tire gauge measuring end on the shallowest part of the tire tread.
  4. Now, press the tire gauge until the bar of the gauge is sitting flat on your tire.
  5. From there, you should be able to read what depth your tire tread is at.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear With Tread Wear Bars?

  1. Some tires have built-in tread wear bars that’ll help you easily measure the tire tread.
  2. Most tires will have these tread wear bars all across the tire, so you’ll want to visually inspect it in different areas.
  3. If you’re having trouble finding the tread wear bars, it’s possible that the tires are completely worn and need to be replaced.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear With a Penny?

  1. One of the easiest ways to check your tire tread is with a penny.
  2. Place the penny upside down with the Lincoln head facing down into the tire groove.
  3. If the Lincoln head is visible between the tire grooves, you likely need to replace your tires.

Maintain Your Tires Today With Atlantic Chevrolet!

Whether you need help checking tire tread or maintaining your tires in any way, be sure to stop by at our Bay Shore service center for assistance. Reach out to us today to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape!

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