How to Check Tire Tread Depth?

checking the depth of car tire tread

If you’re in the Burlington area or consistently traveling to Mississauga, you may need to check your tire tread depth to determine wear and tear. So, do you need help figuring out how to check tire tread depth? It’s pretty simple! Mercedes-Benz Burlington has provided a step-by-step guide to answer your question, “How do I check tire tread wear?”

How to Determine Tire Replacement

So you ask, “How do I check tire tread wear?” Well, the more important question might be when! If your tires depth is 1.5 mm, you will need to replace them for the safety of yourself and Oakville drivers. To have more traction and better handling during inclement weather, our service centre suggests tire replacements before the wear is too great.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

Easy—use a Canadian nickel! This is a simple yet accurate way to determine tire tread depth if you didn’t have a chance to order a tire gauge. Steps on how to check tire tread depth are below:

  1. Turn your vehicle completely off
  2. Insert the coin facing downward so Queen Elizabeth’s crown goes down first.
  3. If you cannot see the crown once inserted between the grooves, then no tire replacement needed!
  4. Unfortunately, if you can see the Queen’s crown, your depth is below 1.5 mm and you will need to replace your tire!
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 on all four tires.

Other Ways to Determine Tire Health

As mentioned before, a tire tread depth gauge is a great tool to determine tire tread depth because of the visible markers. Whether you use tread wear bars, depth gauge, or a handy Canadian nickel, they all are answers to your question of, “How do I check tire tread wear?” Inspect these factors of your tires:

  • Tire pressure
  • Visible tire damage
  • Disintegration / tire rot
  • Wheel alignment

Learn More About Tire Health at Mercedes-Benz Burlington

Now that you know how to check tire tread depth, rely on us at Mercedes-Benz Burlington for additional maintenance needs or tire health services. Whether you need to learn how to jump start your vehicle or change your tire, we got you covered! Contact us today for service specials!

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