Tire Change -  Zimmerman Auto Repair Newville PA

How often should I change my tires?

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to replace tires when they are no longer safe to drive on. The average mileage varies with many factors, such as original tire quality, surfaces driven on, driver habits and weather conditions. A good rule to follow is to replace tires about every 40,000 miles, unless you are using tires that were specifically designed to last longer. In the winter, you should use snow tires for safety reasons. Replacing Damaged Tires It’s necessary to periodically check all your tires for wear.

It’s time to replace tires if the tread wear indicators are visible (ie: a line that runs perpendicular to the tread), or you can use the old school method of inserting a penny into the tread to check remaining life. If Lincoln’s head is visible, tires should be replaced. Also, if your tires are wearing unevenly due to vehicle misalignment or other mechanical problems, you may need to inspect both the inner and outer walls for damage. If any metal is visible, you should avoid driving the vehicle until that tire is replaced.

 

Air Filters -  Zimmerman Auto Repair Newville PA

Is a cone air filter a more efficient shape?

The cone air filter for your car is better than a stock paper filter. You will be able to order cone filters from K&N, as they will pull more air into the engine to be filtered faster. A cone filter will also be able to filter greater amounts of air, and it requires much lesser cleaning than ordinary filters. The advantage that happens here is that since more air is being drawn into your car engine, you do get more power. But when you get more power, you lose on gas mileage. Generally, if you want better power, you can shift to a cone air filter, but they are expensive and you have to pay more per month for your gas.

 

Vehicle Inspection -  Zimmerman Auto Repair Newville PA

How often do I need to get my vehicle inspected?

Once a Year. The sticker on your windshield will tell you the expiration of your last inspection, and when to get a new one. It is not legal to drive without an up to date inspection certificate.

 

Car Performance -  Zimmerman Auto Repair Newville PA

What are signs a car performance air filter is faulty?

Common signs of a faulty car performance air filter include the following- Your car will take a long time to start Strong exhaust odors during idling Very poor gas mileage Reduced power during running Engine catching frequently Coughing and spitting when the car is idling Frequently fouled spark plugs A visual inspection of the air filter will also show a clogged and dirty filter. Air filters can get dirty and you have to change them every 12,000-15,000 miles to ensure that your car will run properly.