Fisher Auto Encourages Checking Tire Tread

June 24th, 2011 by

Concerned About Tire Wear? Ask Washington!

At auto repair centers, your tire wear is checked with a tire tread depth gauge. This kind of gauge can detect wear sooner than the naked eye. It is important to check for wear patterns on your tires in order to prevent excessive tread wear or possibly prevent tire failure or loss of traction.
However, not everyone has a tire tread depth gauge on hand, but it’s probably safe to say that everyone has a quarter. Believe it or not, you can use a quarter to check the tread on your tires.To learn how, watch the video below.

Here’s how:
Place a quarter into several different tread grooves on the tire. If a part of Washington’s head is consistently covered by the tread, the tires have more than 1/8″ of tread depth remaining. If his entire head is visible, the safest bet is to get new tires.

Previously, it was recommended to do this test with a penny. However, studies show that relying in a penny, which leaves 1/16″ of tread depth remaining, might leave tires unsafe in wet-weather conditions.  For this reason, Fisher Auto recommends checking tire tread with a quarter rather than a penny.

Now that you have determined what your remaining tread depth is on the first area of the tire, you will need to continue the measuring process in order to help detect any uneven tread wear that may be caused by service or mechanical conditions. Continue to place the quarter into other tread grooves that are at least 15” apart all around the tire’s center grooves as well as in the tire’s inner and outer grooves.

Driving a vehicle with worn tires can be dangerous, especially in the rain and snow.  Hydroplaning now becomes a problem as well as a lack of traction in the snow.

If you do a lot of driving on wet roads your tires should be replaced when the tread depth reaches 1/8”. If snow is your main concern, your tires should be replaced when the tread depth reaches 3/16” in order to maintain traction and proper mobility on the road.

Call or stop into Fisher Auto for any of your vehicle service needs.  We are a full service repair facility and can replace your worn tires according to the manufacturers’ specifications. Fisher Auto has been serving Boulder and the surrounding communities since 1968.  We take great pride in our quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.