DIY Tire Tread Check
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Check Your Tire Tread Depth with a Penny
Not sure if your tire tread is low or if you need new tires? DIY and take the Penny Test at home!
- Insert a penny in between your tire's tread with Lincoln's head facing you and pointing down. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch and it's time to replace your tires.
- Repeat this step in three separate areas of the tire; inner, center and outside.
- Repeat this step on the remaining three tires.
Tread depth below 2/32", the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) considers the tire as having reached the end of its useful life and should be replaced.
Although it is best to replace all four tires on your vehicle at the same time but you only need to replace one or two tires on your vehicle, the newly installed tires should always be mounted on the rear end of the car. Learn more about installation and maintenance when replacing one or more tires here.