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Keeping your tires properly inflated and healthy is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting the best possible performance and fuel efficiency from your Chevy car. The tread depth on your tires can be easy to overlook, but at the end of the day, tread depth is essential to vehicle performance.

Here at our Chevy service center, our team of mechanics is happy to measure the depth of your tire treads, and we will also teach you how to do it yourself.

Methods of Testing Tread Depth

When it comes to testing your tread depth, you’ll find that there are multiple methods. Here are some of the most popular: 

  1. The penny test: The first method is to insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, the tread depth is less than 1/16 of an inch and it’s time to find new tires at our Van Nuys Chevy dealership.
  2. The quarter test: If you only have quarters lying around, you’re not out of luck. You can also insert a quarter into your tread groove. If the tread touches Washington’s head, you have at least 2/16 of an inch of tread remaining, which means your tire is good for now.
  3. The tread wear bar indicator: The majority of tires that you’ll find on Chevy cars have tread wear bars. The bars are located at the bottom of the tread grooves in several locations around the tire. When they become visibly flush with the adjacent ribs, the tire has no more than 1/16 of an inch of tread remaining, indicating it’s time for a replacement.

If you discover that it's time for new tires, visit Keyes Chevrolet for recommendations. We'll help you find replacements and get you back out on the road as soon as possible!

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