How Do You Measure Tire Tread Depth?

July 31st, 2018 by

2018 Kia Soul

  • 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’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. If you have 2/32nds or more variance between tires, you are probably due for a tire rotationDon’t ignore that TPMS light, either; it can mean your under-inflated tires are causing your treads to wear thin.

Safety and Your Tire Tread

  • 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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