Lexus Tire Services Available in Rockville, MD

Your car or SUV's tires deserve the right care for as long as you drive them and when it comes time for new ones, you should always get the right ones for your vehicle. Thankfully for Lexus drivers around the Washington, DC area you can find a dealership that helps you do both. We provide all types of tire services and tire sales to make sure all your tire needs are met!

What Tire Services Does Your Lexus Need?

There are many types of tire services, and we offer all of them to those in Rockville as well as the surrounding areas of Silver Spring. This includes tire inspections to make sure your tires are still durable and safe to drive on the road, plus services like tire rotations. A tire rotation is an important service because it helps keep the tread wear of your tires evenly balanced, so they last longer.

Additionally, we can do tire changeovers as well if you choose to use the likes of winter tires for more grip during the colder months and if there is snow on the ground. We can also change out summer sporty tires for those that provide more grip in winter, or outfit you with a completely new set, including all-season tires.

We'll also check your tire pressure to make sure they are at optimal levels for your Lexus vehicle, and while not technically a tire service, if you're in need of a wheel alignment, we can do that too. Alignments have an impact on your tires because it makes sure the wheels are lined up and your tires are touching and gripping the road properly.

Benefits to Tire Services and Maintenance

The benefits to it all tire services are that you will get a smooth drive in properly installed and inflated tires, that with the right rotations and balancing can put less strain on the suspension of the vehicle, and not only make your tires last longer, but keep your vehicle health high for your Lexus.

Know Your Tire Size and Type

When you need to purchase a new set of tires, we are here to help you find the exact fit, but it's always good to know how to find the right tire size. You can look at the tire size on the sidewalls of your tires. It is a series of numbers and letters. For example, on a vehicle like the Lexus LS or Lexus LX, you'll see a P for a passenger car, followed by a number, an R, and another number. What this tells you is the type of tire, then the width of the tire (the second number), the radial (the R), and the wheel diameter in inches. You can also get the load rating and speed rating on tires as well.

Knowing this will allow you to see all the different brands we have to offer and make a determination on which ones are right for you by being knowledgeable about your tire size and the kind of tire you need.

Know When Your Tires Are Worn

Over time, your vehicle's tires are going to wear. Tire rotations can help elongate the tires to keep them on the road, but eventually being on the road, they'll wear down. Worn tires reduce traction, especially in slippery weather, and can increase the risk of a tire blowout. You'll want to make sure to check tire tread every so often, and you can do that easily with a penny to see if they need to be replaced.

The Penny Test

Tread depth on tires is measured in 32nds of an inch, and new tires should usually have 10/32 or 11/32 inches. Some options like certain SUVs or trucks, as well as winter tires will have a deeper tread, but usually, that's the standard. The United States Department of Transportation recommends replacing your tires when they reach 2/32 inches. Using a penny can help you make that determination.

  • Take a penny and place it into a tire tread groove with Lincoln's head face first
  • See where the face is within the grooves
  • If the head disappears you're still above the 2/32 mark and your tires should be okay
  • If you see some of the head you have to evaluate your next steps and start thinking about getting new tires
  • If you can see most of the face, that means you need to replace your tires as soon as possible

You should do this for each tire and then you can get in touch with us and we can point you in the right direction to the right set of tires that you need.

How to Tell When You Need New Tires

Wear and tear on your tire is a big sign, and tread wear tests like the penny test can work, but there are also other indicators that you should consider new tires and this includes:

  • Too much exposure to high heat or extreme cold which can impact tire pressure and cause damage
  • The age of the tires is also important as it is recommended you get your tires changed completely every six to ten years.
  • Tread wear that is irregular is often caused by a misalignment or improper tire pressure, or that you need a tire rotation
  • If you see any bulges or bubbles in the sidewall, that can mean the internal frame of the tire is damaged or cracked, bring air pressure into the outer layers. Always check if you hit big potholes, or are driving with low tire pressure for these

Visit Our Tire Center in Rockville Today

At Ourisman Lexus of Rockville, we'd be happy to provide information on tire services and sales for you at the dealership. You can get in touch with our service center and utilize any service promotions we have available to those around Rockville, Silver Spring, Laurel and Washington, DC.