How to Check Tire Tread Depth

Tire Tread

Wondering how to check tire tread depth? What about how to check tire tread wear? The experts at the Ole Ben Franklin Motors service department are here to help. You likely already have the supplies you need — a ruler or a penny! You can use one of those tools to quickly and easily check your tire tread depth at home in Farragut. Learn more with our service professionals!

Recommended Tire Tread Depth

Typically, new tires have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (roughly a third of an inch. Winter tires are designed slightly differently, so these may have deeper tread grooves for optimal performance output.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, once your tire tread measures 2/32 of an inch it’s time to replace them. Be sure to keep up with routine maintenance so you and your passengers remain safe during your Sevierville travels!

How to Check Tire Tread Depth: The Penny Test

The most accurate way to check your tire tread depth is with a ruler. If you don’t have a ruler in the house or are measuring your tire tread depth on-the-go, you can also use a penny and follow these steps:

  • Insert your penny (head-side first) into a tire tread groove
  • Check if Lincoln’s head is covered by the grooves
  • If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, this means your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less, meaning it’s time to replace your tires
  • For the best results, repeat the above steps on all four tires (in multiple locations for the most accuracy)

Other Ways to Check Tire Tread Wear

  • Tread Depth Gauge: If you want to stay on top of routine maintenance, it can be a good investment to purchase a tire depth gauge. All you need to do is insert the probe into the shallowest tread groove on your tire and press the top bar of the gauge flat against the same tire. The gadget will let you how your tires are doing without manual measurement!
  • Tread Wear Bars: Many tires come with built-in tread wear indicator bars. These can be found at the bottom of tread grooves on your tires. When the bars are flush with the tire ribs, it’s time to replace your tires.

Rely on Ole Ben Franklin Motors for Tire Services!

Here at Ole Ben Franklin Motors, we’re here to help your vehicle traverse the Seymour streets in great condition for years to come. When you next need routine maintenance, be sure to schedule service with us! Whether you need new tires or simply need your current tires rotated, we can help. If you have further questions about how to check tire tread wear or what TPMS means, don’t hesitate to contact our teamFor extra DIY service guides such as how to lift a truck, you can visit us to learn more.

Ole Ben Franklin Motors 36.002422, -84.247453.