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Tire depth and MFK

I have an MFK scheduled in a couple of weeks. My winter tires also happen to be just 1-2 mm above the wear bars. I was planning on replacing them in January or so, not really planning on driving much until then. Will this be an issue for the MFK, or is it OK, just as long as the tread depth is above the wear bars?
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Re: Tire depth and MFK

Thread depth has to be at least 1.6 mm. Wear bars are just indicators.
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Re: Tire depth and MFK

It's 1.6mm for winter here? Good to know, I'm used to the Austrian measures which were 1.6mm for summer tyres and 3mm for winter tyres.
That said, for winter tyres I'd like a bit more thread for when the snow comes down.
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Old 23.11.2017, 11:32
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Re: Tire depth and MFK

1.6mm is the legal limit for ALL tires.
4mm is the recommended profile deapth for heavy winter use (i.e. snow). However that is not a legal requirement.

Arguments regarding insurance, leasing companies accepting returns etc may be valid, but are not related to the law.


The wear indicators are exactly 1.6mm from the bottoom of the tread, so if you're above them you're 100% legal.
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Re: Tire depth and MFK

The 1.6mm limit applies to every tiny bit of the profile, not just to the wear indicators, and to all wheels. In many cases tyres wear unevenly, and of course quicker on the traction axle. So if you're getting close you may actually be below the limit already, e.g. along the tyre edge.
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Re: Tire depth and MFK

I'm not sure I see the point of changing to winter tires which are so close to the limit.

1.6mm is the legal limit, but if you end up in snow they may not be much better than summer tires with a deeper tread.

And if you only have one set of rims you end up having to go to the garage, and pay for changing the tires twice.

If you call the garage ahead they can pre order your tires and they're there in a day (or faster if the garage uses Derendinger - they deliver 4x/day).
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Re: Tire depth and MFK

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I have an MFK scheduled in a couple of weeks. I was planning on replacing them in January or so, not really planning on driving much until then. Will this be an issue for the MFK, or is it OK, just as long as the tread depth is above the wear bars?
Best to do it now. The pickings will be a minimal selection come January. Only so many winter tires are produced per year in the summer based on a statistical demand from previous years. By the end of the year your tire of choice may very well be out of stock.
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