How to Measure Tire Tread Depth

July 28th, 2018 by

Tire Tread

Tire tread depth measures from the bottom of the tire’s grooves to the top of the tread rubber. If tires reach 2/32″, then they’re considered bald. Bald tires heighten the risk of an accident – especially in snowy Utah conditions. Find out how to measure tire tread depth at your Salt Lake City-area Acura service center.

How To Know if You Have Bald Tires

Perform any of these simple tests to know if you’ve got bald tires.

  • Penny Test – Take a penny out of your Acura’s center console. Then, penny in hand, go ahead and check your tires. Turn the penny upside down and insert it into the tire’s tread groove with the head side pointing in your direction. If you can see all of Honest Abe’s head, that means your tread depth is under 2/32″, and you should get your tires replaced right away.
  • Quarter Test – Want to know if you’ve still go some time left before you need to change your tires? Take a quarter out and insert it upside down with the head facing you in the same manner as the penny test. If the treat touches Washington’s head, then you have 4/32″ or more of tread left. Although your tires have some breathing room, it’s best not to drive farther than Orem or Provo with them. At your earliest convenience, you should replace your tires.
  • Tread Wear Indicator – If you don’t have a penny or quarter on you, there’s another simple way to check your tire tread depth. These indicators are located toward the bottom of the tread grooves in a variety of different locations around the tire. If The tread wear indicator becomes flush with the ribs on either side of the tread, this means there’s 2/32″ or less of tread remaining, and you should get your tires replaced right away.

Rely on Mike Hale Acura for Tire Care

Rely on the service experts at Mike Hale Acura in Murray, UT, for routine car maintenance or tips on how to take care of your Acura MDX or Acura RDX. Explore our service specials for discounts on Acura-approved tires, and contact us to get started.

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