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Old 01-10-2010, 12:59 AM   #1
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How To Tell If Tire Tread is Left??

How can I tell if my tires have enough tread left?
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:03 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure the legal 'safe' minimum is 5/32 of an inch. Usually people will stick a penny or dime in the tread to illustrate how much is left.

But I dunno, if you have to ask, I'm guessing you could benefit from replacing them. Way too many people neglect their tires.
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Tires have wear markers in them that are 2/32" tall. Once the tread is at the same level as these bars, it means it is time to replace tires as they won't provide much hydroplaning resistance anymore.

In this pictures, they are the small lines perpendicular to the thread, inside the grooves:



Here is more in depth information and other ways to gauge remaining tread: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=51
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When steel belts start popping out. Or (seriously) you can use a penny inserted with Abe's head facing down. When you can see the top of this head, time to replace.

330Ci? Sport Package? Expect maybe 25k miles from your back tires.
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Tires have wear markers in them that are 2/32" tall. Once the tread is at the same level as these bars, it means it is time to replace tires as they won't provide much hydroplaning resistance anymore.

In this pictures, they are the small lines perpendicular to the thread, inside the grooves:



Here is more in depth information and other ways to gauge remaining tread: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=51
Forget the penny, or any other trick you might know, the above is the best way, and dealer approved way of determing if you need new rubber.
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