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How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

Subaru Crosstrek Closeup of Tire

Are you searching the internet for, “How do I check tire tread wear?” The team at Garavel Subaru has your answer! All that’s needed is a ruler or a penny, and you can then check your tire tread depth right at home in Westport. Learn more and contact us if you have questions.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

With new tires, they have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). When it comes to winter and off-roading tires, as well as some pickup truck and SUV tires, they will have deeper tread grooves. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends replacing your tires at 2/32 of an inch. Many Fairfield drivers know that proper tire tread depth is needed for safe driving on the roadways, as well as extending the life of your tires.

The Penny Test

The most accurate tool to inspect the tire tread is a ruler, but using a penny works great. To perform the penny test, follow the steps below.

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head face first into a tire tread groove.
  2. Observe if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, 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.
Man measuring tire depth with coin

More Ways to Check Tire Health

There are other tools available in the New Canaan area to inspect your tires, which includes a tire tread depth gauge or tread wear bars that have a visible mark that’s built into the tire indicating the 2/32 inch mark. During your inspection, there are a few things to inspect:

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

Learn How to Check Tire Tread with Garavel Subaru!

If you would prefer, you can visit the Garavel Subaru service center to inspect your tires, as well as for all of your maintenance needs. Our Subaru-trained technicians will efficiently inspect your tires for any issues or major wear. Visit our tire center when it’s time to replace your tires, and make sure you peruse our parts and service specials for added savings.

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