You might enjoy driving on roads that are no longer ice or snow covered, but remember to be aware of potholes. Driving over a pothole can cause damage to your vehicle if you do not try and avoid it. Potholes are an every day road hazard that can sometimes be difficult to avoid. This is because some may not be so obvious until after you have hit them.
If you drive and hit a deep pothole, you may do damage to the alignment, puncture the tires, or even bend the rims. Any sudden jolt from hitting a pothole increases the chance of doing damage to your vehicle. If you hit a pothole, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. By fixing an issue at the first sign, you can help prevent further damage in the future. The tires may need to be rotated and balanced, and the alignment may also need to be checked.
If you hit a pothole straight on, you may be doing damage to the tires. It can be an alignment issue, or cause poor steering or suspension. These problems can have a long term effect if they are not fixed as soon as possible. It can even cause the tires to wear unevenly. If your wheels ram into a pothole, the tire’s sidewall can bulge. Unless your vehicle is equipped with older steel rims, they are likely aluminum-based. That means they are susceptible to dents. Hitting a pothole can dent or puncture the undercarriage of your ride. In other words, fluid leaks and wear leading to rust formation are just the beginning. During a complete vehicle inspection, our technicians will look for woes of all kinds. That includes damage resulting from potholes.
Avoiding potholes is the best way to keep your vehicle free of any damage. Make sure to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This way you can notice potholes before they damage your vehicle. It is also recommended to avoid broken pavement whenever possible.