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At What Tread Depth Should a Tire be Replaced?

by | Jun 23, 2020

At tread depth of 2/32 is recommended for replacing the tires. Usually, new tires come with 10/32 or 11/32 tread depth.

There is a test to know the tread depth of your tires. Below is the testing process.

  1. Place a penny between the tread ribs on your tire. A “rib” refers to the raised portion of tread that spans the circumference of your tire. Tire tread is composed of several ribs.
  2. Turn the penny so that Lincoln’s head points down into the tread.
  3. See if the top of his head disappears between the ribs. If it does, your tread is still above 2/32”, If you can see his entire head, it may be time to replace the tire because your tread is no longer deep enough.
  4. When performing the penny tire test, remember not only to check each tire but to check various places around each tire. Pay special attention to areas that look the most worn. Even if parts of your tread are deeper than 2/32”, you should still replace the tire when any areas fail the penny test.
  5. Consistent wear around the whole tire is normal, but uneven tread wear could be a sign of improper inflation, wheel misalignment, or a variety of other things. If you see uneven tread wear, you should have a technician inspect your vehicle. Visit the article website to know more.