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DIY Tire Tread Tests

How to Check Your Tire Tread Depth?   

Your driving style, the car you drive, and the quality of the road you are on impacts the life of your tires and, subsequently, their tread. Caring for your tires and making them last long should be one of your priorities as a car owner. One way of looking out for your tires is by checking their tread depth. Join us at McLaren Chicago in Chicago, IL, to learn how to check your tire tread depth. Continue reading for more information.

Tread-Wear Indicators   

Most of the modern tires come with built-in visual tread-wear indicators wherein there are tire wear bars built into the tire wherein the wear bar becomes visible as the tread begins to wear. When the tread becomes even with the wear bar, it indicates that it is time to change your tire.   


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Tire Tread Depth Gauge  

Using a tread depth gauge, you can measure the tread depth by sticking the probe into the shallowest groove of the tire and pressing the shoulder flat against the tread to understand its tread depth. Tread depth gauges can be purchased online or at your local auto parts store.   

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Penny/Coin Test  

A penny test is the easiest way to check the tread depth of your tires. For this test, place a penny upside down with Lincoln’s head facing you, and if the tread depth is less than 2/32-inches, then you will be able to see the President’s head. This indicates that you should replace your tires immediately.   

If you are in the Chicago, IL area, check out the tire service at McLaren Chicago and schedule a service for your vehicle at our service center. Feel free to reach out to the dealership for further assistance.