Tires are one of the most important vehicle components, especially because they are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the road. That’s why every owner should regularly check tire quality and tread, making sure their tires are in optimal condition. Below is a list of tips for checking tires to help you get started.
According to Goodyear, tire tread is measured in fractions of an inch, making it especially important to have accurate tools and measurements. The following numbers show just how fine the line is between good and bad tires:
- 4/32” or more – Good
- 3/32” – Replace Soon
- 2/32” – Dangerously Low
In addition to tread depth, you should also look for uneven wear, bald patches, cracking, and pitting. These are all signs that you need new tires right away. A blowout can cause serious damage to your vehicle, and it can be extremely dangerous on the highway.
One simple test is called the coin test. Take a penny and flip it upside down. Then, place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above Abe’s head, you need new tires. This is a quick test that works in a pinch.
You can also check the treadwear indicator bar, which is commonly found at the bottom of the tread grooves in various locations. When these bars become flush, or even, with the adjacent ribs, you need new tires.
Finally, for true accuracy, stop by your local auto parts store for a tread depth indicator. These are fairly inexpensive, and they can measure depth down to the millimeter. Need new tires? Stop by Sarant Cadillac for all your service needs.