How Do I Check Tire Tread Depth?

man checking tire tread depth

Looking to answer the question “How do I check tire tread wear?” It’s really very easy to check the tire depth on your car by simply using a ruler or a penny. Learn more from the tire experts at Suntrup Automotive Group.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

The tread depth of a new tire is generally 10/32 to 11/32 of an inch, or about a third of an inch. Winter tires, off-road tires, and some truck and SUV tires often have even deeper tread grooves.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends replacing your tires when the tire tread depth gets down to about 2/32 of an inch. Making sure that your tires have the correct tread depth will ensure that you enjoy safe driving in the St. Louis area, and by having your tires routinely rotated, you can even extend the life of your tires.

The Penny Test

The best way to measure tire tread depth is with a ruler, but if you’re out-and-about, a penny will do the trick. Follow these steps to check the tread depth remaining on your tires:

  1. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into a tire tread groove.
  2. If Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves, your tread depth is good.
  3. If you can see all of Lincoln’s face, it means that the tire tread is 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, such as a tire tread depth gauge, that you can use to check your tires. Many tires also come with tread wear bars that have a visible mark built into the tire which indicates the 2/32 inch mark. Whenever you check your tire tread depth, you should also:

  • Check the tire pressure.
  • Inspect for any visible damage to the tread or sidewalls.
  • Check for any tire rot or disintegration.
  • Check to see if the wear is uneven. If so you should bring your car into the Suntrup Automotive Group service center near you for a tire rotation or wheel alignment.

Get Expert Tire Care at Suntrup Automotive Group

The certified technicians at your local Suntrup Automotive Group service center can take care of all your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, and more. Check out our car care tips, or learn how to reset a check engine light, or find out how to remove a car battery at home.

Then, explore our service specials to find money-saving deals on a wide range of vehicle maintenance services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us today!

More Service Tips from Suntrup Automotive Group

  • Vehicle Service Centers Near St. Louis

    Once you buy a vehicle, you have to start taking care of it. This includes staying on top of basic vehicle maintenance and having your new or used car serviced when necessary. The Suntrup Automotive Group has several service centers in the greater St. Louis area. Offering detailed service on several makes and models, you’ll…

  • How to Check Car Oil

    Checking your oil is a simple way to make sure your vehicle has what it needs for optimal performance. Maintaining proper oils levels allow all your engine’s parts to stay lubricated and function properly. Learn how to check your car oil below so you can maximize your vehicle’s performance on streets today. Find Service…

  • Car Maintenance Schedule

    Once you purchase a new or used vehicle in the -area, it’s time to start properly caring for it. To keep your car running smoothly for years to come, it’s imperative you keep up with routine automotive service. So if you’re asking, “What is my car maintenance schedule”, we have you covered. There are general…

Saved
Saved Vehicles ×

SAVED VEHICLES

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:

Save

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact
Contact Us ×

5926 S. Lindbergh Blvd • St. Louis, MO 63123

Get Directions

Suntrup Automotive Group

5926 S. Lindbergh Blvd St. Louis, MO

Phone:

http://maps.google.com/?q=5926%20S.%20Lindbergh%20Blvd%2C%20St.%20Louis%2C%20MO%2063123
38.5214964 -90.3451239
[schema type="organization" orgtype="LocalBusiness" url="www.suntrup.com" name="Suntrup Automotive Group" description="" street="5926 S. Lindbergh Blvd" city="St. Louis" state="MO" postalcode="63123" country="US" email="wpsupport@dealerinspire.com" phone="" logo="https://di-uploads-development.dealerinspire.com/suntrupdirect/uploads/2018/01/SuntrupOGImage.png"]
Suntrup Automotive Group
Suntrup Automotive Group
5926 S. Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO, 63123 US
https://di-uploads-development.dealerinspire.com/suntrupdirect/uploads/2018/01/SuntrupOGImage.png
Suntrup Automotive Group 38.5214964, -90.3451239.