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How to check your tire tread depth

6 STEPS

Be sure to check the tire depth/tread regularly to help avoid sliding and skidding on the roads while braking

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Nickel (optional)

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Park and turn off your car

Ensure the emergency break is on

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Grab the depth gauge, find the pin, and insert it into the grooves between the treads of the tire

Press down on the base plate of the gauge unit until it's flush with the tire tread

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Repeat step 2 in at least 4 different places on each tire for an accurate read

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The lowest reading you get is going to be the correct overall reading for the tire

If the reading fluctuates across multiple points on the same tire, visit your Canadian Tire Service Centre to check for vehicle problems

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Find out what those readings mean:

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If you don't have a depth gauge, another quick way to measure your tires is with a Canadian nickel.

Insert the coin with Queen Elizabeth's crown facing down. If you can see the top of the Queen's crown, your tire is below 2/32" and needs to be replaced.