How to Check Tire Tread Depth?

November 5th, 2021 by

Mercedes-Benz London’s

Service Tips & Tricks

Figuring out your tire tread depth is very simple! We’ve written up a very simple step-by-step guide to answer any questions about how to check your tire tread.

How to tell if your tire needs replacing

How to check your tire treads is very important, but so is when to check. If your tires depth is 1.5 mm, you will need to replace them for the safety of yourself other drivers. To have more traction and better handling during inclement weather, our service centre suggests tire replacements before the wear is too great.

How Do I Check Tire Tread Wear?

This is very easy, just use a nickel! This is a simple yet accurate way to determine tire tread depth if you didn’t have a chance to order a tire gauge. Steps on how to check tire tread depth are below:

  • 1. Turn your vehicle completely off
  • 2. Insert the coin facing downward so Queen Elizabeth’s crown goes down first.
  • 3. If you cannot see the crown once inserted between the grooves, then no tire replacement needed!
  • 4. Unfortunately, if you can see the Queen’s crown, your depth is below 1.5 mm and you will need to replace your tire!
  • 5. Repeat steps 2-4 on all four tires.

Other Ways to Determine Tire Health

As mentioned before, a tire tread depth gauge is a great tool to determine tire tread depth because of the visible markers. Whether you use tread wear bars, depth gauge, or a handy nickel, they all are answers to your question of, “How do I check tire tread wear?” Inspect these factors of your tires:

  • Tire pressure
  • Visible tire damage
  • Disintegration / tire rot
  • Wheel alignment

Learn More About Tire Health at Mercedes-Benz London

Now that you know how to check tire tread depth, rely on the team at Mercedes-Benz London for additional maintenance needs or tire health services. Whether you need to learn how to jump start your vehicle or change your tire, we got you covered!