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How to Check Your Tire Tread Depth

Tire Tread Depth

Tire Tread DepthToday’s video features Jodi DeVere from AskPatty.com (your automotive advice for women) and she’ll be teaching you how to properly check your tire tread depth on your tires. Cowichan Auto Repair is an AskPatty.com certified female friendly location.

It’s important to measure this once a month because if your tread depth gets below to 30 seconds of an inch, not only are you risking a tire blowout or a flat tire, it can also be very dangerous, especially in rain or snowy weather. If this was to occur, it’s because you are not getting enough traction on your tires. So lets show you how to check your tire tread depth.

Today, we are going to use a couple of techniques to check your tire tread depth. Havier is here with me today and he is going to demonstrate the proper technique in doing this. The first technique we are going to do is using a tire tread depth gauge. You may already have one of these. A tire tread depth gauge is a really handy and useful tool to have. So, we are trying to locate if it’s to 30 seconds of an inch or less. You want to measure all the way across the tire tread and not just in one groove. An easy way to measure tire tread depth is to use a Lincoln head pinning. Here we take our penny and do exactly what we did with the tire gauge putting Lincoln’s head down into the tire. If we see all of Lincoln’s head, this means we are at the number 30 seconds or less and we need to get a new tire. Actually, it’s not about getting a new tire. It’s very important to get new tires and if you need a new tire, I recommend that you get four new tires. If you can’t do that, then you need to buy tires in pairs. Front tires and rear tires. Front tires do most of the braking. I suggest checking your tire tread at every oil change. Another thing you can do when you check your tire tread depth is run your hands along the tires. Check for uneven wear. If you notice that the shoulders have more wear, this means that you may be driving with under inflated tires. If the center part of the tread has more wear, you may be driving with over inflated tires. So, it is important to make sure that the air in your tires is at the proper pressure. Make sure to check the tire pressure once a month.

Remember, it is important to check your tire tread once a month by checking all the grooves across the tire. Also, feel for uneven wear and keep your tires at the proper pressure by checking it once a month as well. Doing these small checks once a month and taking care of your tires will keep you safe on the road.

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