How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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Taking proper care of the tires on your Cadillac sedan or SUV will ensure that you enjoy a safe and smooth ride on Hollywood-area roads and beyond. Along with regularly keeping tabs on your tire pressure, it is also important that you know how to check tire tread depth. So, how do I check tire tread wear? Find out in this guide from the experts at Cadillac of Beverly Hills, and if it’s time to replace your tires, schedule an appointment at our service center.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

Having the proper tire tread depth will provide you with the maximum traction and control you need in all kinds of Beverly Hills-area weather and road conditions. New tires typically have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. Winter tires, tires designed for off-roading, and some truck and SUV tires have even deeper tread grooves. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends that you replace your tires when the tread wears down to 2/32 of an inch.

The best way to promote even tread wear and get the most out of your tires is to keep up to date with your tire rotation schedule.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

Most tires come with tread wear indicator bars which are at the bottom of the tread grooves in multiple locations across the tire. If the bars are flush with the tire ribs that surround them, it indicates that the tread depth has reached 2/32 of an inch. For a more accurate reading, you can pick up a tire tread depth gauge at your local auto parts store, use a ruler, or try the penny test to check the tread depth of your tires. What’s the penny test? It’s a quick and easy way to check tire tread wear, just follow these steps:

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln head-first into a tire tread groove.
  2. If Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves, you have plenty of tire tread depth.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, that means 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.

Get Professional Tire Care Service at Cadillac of Beverly Hills!

Along with checking your tire tread depth, it is also important to keep tabs on your TPMS and make sure that you are carrying the proper amount of air in your tires. If you’re in need of a new set of tires, make use of our online tire finder. Our service team will be happy to help you learn more about what tire numbers mean, how long you can drive on a spare tire, and how to reset your tire pressure light. Have additional questions or concerns about your tires? Feel free to contact our service center.

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