Tire Tread

How To Check Tire Tread

At Drive Burtness, we are experts at answering the age-old question, “how do I check tire tread wear?”.It is an inquiry we receive often, and we are always happy to answer any questions you have about your tire tread.

What is the Recommended Tire Tread Depth?

When you buy brand-new all-season tires, the tire tread depth is 10/32 or 11/32 of an inch. However, Orfordville residents may need winter tires or off-road tires. Each type typically has a deeper tread depth. The grooves within the tread help keep control while on slippery or dirt roads.

What is the Penny Test to Check the Wear and Tear on Tires?

Although pennies are no longer considered a currency, they can prove their worth when doing the penny test. You can use a penny to check your tire wear. With that said, a ruler is ideal, but either will work in a pinch.

Here is how to do the penny test to check the wear and tear on tires:

  • Insert a U.S. penny with the Lincoln head face up into the groove of your tire tread.
  • Look to see if the Lincoln head is visible between the slots.
  • If you see the full head, that means your tire treads are 2/32 inches deep or less. The conclusion is that your tires need replacing.
  • Repeat the process on all four tires. Be sure to check multiple tire grooves.

Maintain Your Tires at Drive Burtness Near Whitewater

Our service department is happy to service your tires. Whether you need us to check your tire pressure, wheel alignment, or tire tread, we are here to help Janesville area, car owners. Schedule an appointment with us or contact us. We will ensure that your tires are healthy. 

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