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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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If you feel like the tires on your INFINITI vehicle are wearing down and you’re not sure how to check the tire tread depth, there’s no need to panic – INFINITI Stuart has your back! All you need is a penny or a ruler and you can check your tire tread depth from the comfort of your Hobe Sound-area home. Learn how to check the tire tread depth on your car and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us

What is the Ideal Tire Tread Depth?

When learning how to check the tire tread depth, it’s important to have an idea of what the recommended tread depth for your vehicle is. The latest vehicles have a tread depth of about 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch (about a third of an inch). However, winter tires, off-roading tires, and some tires for trucks and SUVs may have deeper tread grooves. 

If your tread depth reaches 2/32 of an inch, then according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, you’re due for atire replacement. Proper tire tread depth isn’t just important for your vehicle’s longevity, it’s essential to keeping you and every other driver on Port Saint Lucie-area roads safe! Looking for the right tires to match your %%di_make%% vehicle? Visit INFINITI Stuart.

How to Check Tire Tread Depth Using the Penny Technique

Using a ruler is the most reliable way of checking tire tread depth, however, if you can’t find a ruler or you’re away from home but still need to check your tires, a penny will work just as well. The following steps will show you how to check the tread depth on your tires. 

  1. Insertion: Insert a penny with Lincoln head-first into a tire tread groove.
  2. Check If Head is Still Visible: Observe if Lincoln’s head is covered and no longer visible between the grooves.
  3. Leave Them or Replace: 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. Check Other Three Tires: Repeat this process on all four tires and in multiple locations on each tire.

Get Your Tires Checked at INFINITI Stuart in Stuart

You’ve now got a better idea of how to check the tire tread depth on your vehicle on your own. However, if you’d rather let professional technicians do a full inspection, or if you find that you need to get your tires replaced, your best choice is to visit the Service Center at INFINITI Stuart. Just make sure to check out our service specials before you arrive to save money on any repairs or replacements!

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