How to Check Tire Tread Depth

Close up of tire tread

Regularly checking your tire’s tread depth can help you avoid future tire issues when cruising around New Rochelle. So, how do I check tire tread wear? Simple. You can keep a close eye at home using specific tire tread tools, you can try the penny test, or you could bring your model into the Ray Catena Lexus of Larchmont service center for one of our technicians to take a look for you. Learn more about checking tire tread and contact our team with any questions about tire tread, Lexus maintenance costs, and more.

Tire Tread Depth Overview

New tires typically have a depth from 10/32 to 11/32 of an inch. This is a guideline for standard tires, not special tires like off-roading or all-season tires. These tend to have a deeper tread, which means having them checked more often. The U.S. Department of Transportation has an official recommendation for when to replace your tires: when the tire tread depth is down to 2/32 of an inch.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

Start by checking if your tires have tread wear bars. These are numbers that tell you when your tires need to be changed due to low tread wear. If you can’t find them, or if your tires simply don’t have them, use the penny test. It’s an easy way to learn how to check tire tread depth. Find a penny and follow these steps:

  • Insert a penny in the groove, Honest Abe’s head first. 
  • The tread depth should cover Lincoln’s entire face. If this isn’t the case, you probably are looking at 2/32 of an inch or less.
  • A penny is no replacement for the accuracy of a ruler, so always double-check your measurements. Remember to check all of your tires each time you do a test. 

Other Tire Inspection Tips

In addition to the penny test and tread wear bars, you’ll want to know about other ways to care for your vehicle’s tires:

  • Tire pressure check
  • Look for visible damage to the tread or sidewalls of tires
  • Look out for disintegration or tire rot
  • See if the wear is uneven

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No matter if you require new Lexus OEM parts or you’re looking to schedule a service for a much needed oil change, our service team can be of assistance. Learn more about our Lexus parts when you search our inventory of Lexus parts online, Check out our Lexus service coupons to save more on the services your vehicle needs, and more! Contact us today with any questions, to hear about our current Lexus service coupons, and we’ll get you the Lexus parts and services you need at a more affordable price.

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