I'm trying to winterize my Plymouth Trailduster and about to buy a new set of tires. How do I choose the right kind of winter tires?
Road condition must be given the primary consideration in choosing the winter tires that will suit your vehicle. In areas where the roads are unpaved and the snow is less likely to pack hard, you can opt to get mud and snow tires having big ribs. Those ribs reduce contact area on dry roads but grip better on loose surfaces by flinging off snow as the tires revolve, reaching a firmer surface below. Hard-packed snow is better handled by snow treads with small metal studs. However, the studs can damage pavements. Hence, this type of tire is banned in many areas. So you might as well take into consideration the regulations regarding metal-studded tires in your location. If, on the other hand, you are to face both loose snow and hard-packed ice, snow chains would be your ideal option. Note, though, that the chains can damage the tires when on dry roads and when running at high speeds.
I think I was able to successfully install my new headlights, but it seems that the beams don't aim correctly. What should I do to find the right aim?
In case you worry about the hassle of having to uninstall and reinstall all of the headlight assemblies, you don't have to. You will only need to remove the headlight trims in order to reach the adjusting screws of the headlight mounting rings. For vehicles with the headlight trims that are directly integrated to the radiator grille, the trims and the grille must be uninstalled.
Readjusting the aim is best done in garages where special precision aimers are used. But if your garage has well-levelled floor and smooth vertical wall, you will be fine readjusting the aim yourself. With the car facing the wall at about 25 feet away, turn the headlights on and check the aim of the low and high beams. Readjust by turning the readjusting screws as necessary. Remember that low beams should cover only the road as well as its right-hand margin to see where the pedestrians may walk. High beams, on the other hand, must also make the trees and poles of 300 feet away visible.
My Plymouth Trailduster tends to drift to the left even if I'm just going through a straight paved road. I'm afraid that it's the wheel alignment that's problematic. How do I realign my wheels?
Wheel alignment requires special equipment and is best handled by a professional. What you can do is confirm if it really is the wheel alignment that's causing your Plymouth Trailduster to pull to one side because such a problem can actually be caused by as simple as improper tire pressure, dissimilar tires, and uneven tire tread. If these three are okay but the car still feels strange when suddenly hitting a curb or a pothole, the front end is most probably misaligned. Bring it to a professional mechanic.