How Do You Measure Tire Tread Depth?

July 31st, 2018 by

2018 Kia Soul

Measuring tire tread depth is essential if you want to stay safe on the streets of Jefferson City. If you’ve got less than 2/32nds of an inch — or if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head — then your tires are balding, and you should order new tires immediately to avoid a blowout driving around Springfield. Don’t ignore that TPMS light, either; it can mean your under-inflated tires are causing your treads to wear thin. Learn about measuring tread depth with the team at Kingdom Kia below:

  • Use a tread depth gauge, if you have one handy, to see if your tire tread is between 10/32nds of an inch and 2/32nds of an inch.
  • If you don’t have a tread depth gauge while out and about in St. James, insert a penny with Lincoln’s head down into your tire’s grooves. If you can see Lincoln’s head, then your tread is not sufficient.
  • If you have 2/32nds or more variance between tires, you are due for a tire rotation.

Are you still in doubt about how measuring tread depth? The service team at Kingdom Kia would be more than happy to check your tread depth to ensure you’re safe!

Safety and Your Tire Tread

Why is measuring tire tread depth so important? Tires are the most important safety feature on your Kia, as it’s the only part of your vehicle that makes contact with the road. If your tires are bald, then you won’t gain traction. If your tires can’t find grip, then features like traction control or anti-lock brakes won’t be able to perform properly. Consider the following tips when measuring tire tread depth:

  • Typically, a new tire on your Kia model comes with 10/32nds of an inch of tread. Once the tread gets to 2/32nds of an inch or less, your tire is considered “bald.”
  • A bald tire is much more likely to spring a leak than a healthy tire, and driving on one or more bald tires is hazardous to your safety.

If you are unsure if you need new tires, contact our Kia service department online or by phone at (888) 378-9460. Whether you have questions about your tires or want to learn how to check your oil, we are here for you!

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