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How to Check Tire Tread Depth

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You know keeping your tires in good shape is important, so you may be wondering, “How do I check tire tread wear?” It’s a question our service technicians are frequently asked! When determining how to tell if you need new tires or if your tires are in good condition, all you need is a ruler or a Canadian nickel. Read on to learn more about your next steps, and when it’s time to replace your tires.

How to Tell When You Need New Tires?

If you’re wondering, “Are my tires in good condition?”, take a moment to read our instructions on how to check tire tread depth. Before we get into the steps, the first thing to understand is that, once your tires reach 1.6 mm (or 2/32nds of an inch) of tread depth, it’s time to have them replaced for your safety and safety of others on Caledon roads. However, most tire manufacturers suggest that drivers replace their tires before they reach the legal limit for greater stopping power in wet or icy conditions.

Use a Canadian Nickel to Measure Tire Tread Depth

Now let’s take a look at the steps of how to check tire tread depth. If you’re on the go in Orangeville and don’t have a ruler handy, you can use a Canadian nickel to quickly measure the tread depths of your tires. Simply follow these steps to determine whether your tires are fine or need a replacement:

  1. Insert the coin between the tire grooves with Queen Elizabeth’s crown facing downward.
  2. How much of the Queen’s crown can you see between the grooves? If you can’t see the crown, your tires are in good shape.
  3. If the top of the Queen’s crown is visible, your tire tread depth is below 1.6 mm and the tire needs to be replaced.
  4. Do this for all four tires.

Other Important Tire Care Tips

When it comes to checking the tread depth on your tires, you don’t have to use a nickel every time. Instead, you can invest in a digital tire tread depth gauge, or tread wear bars with an easy-to-see marker that tells you when it’s time for a tire replacement. In addition to monitoring tread depth, it’s important to keep up with other tire care services, which include but aren’t limited to:

  • Tire pressure checks
  • Inspections for damage
  • Inspections for tire rot or disintegration
  • Tire alignment service
  • Tire rotation service

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Tires

There are a number of ways that you can slow down the wear and tear of your tires. To lengthen their lifespans, you’ll want to:

  • Rotate your tires every 12,000 km
  • Balance your wheels every 10,000 km
  • Keep them properly inflated
  • Ensure that your suspension is properly aligned

Receive Expert Tire Service at Mercedes-Benz Brampton!

Now you know how to check tire tread depth, and you know how to tell if you need new tires. If you find your tires need to be replaced, or your vehicle is due for a tire rotation, schedule a service appointment at Mercedes-Benz Brampton’s service centre near Georgetown. If you have any questions about our tire services or about other common auto service topics like how to unlock a steering wheel, feel free to contact our service centre directly!

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