Chances are if you have driven more than 25 feet in the last several weeks, you have encountered one of the more annoying phenomena known to humanity: the pothole. Like mosquitoes and spam phone calls, there is only so much we can all do about potholes before we have to accept the reality of the situation. Yes, you can avoid some of them. No, you cannot avoid all of them. The good news is that if you do hit a gargantuan pothole, the professionals at Quick Lane at Garnet Ford know just how to fix any potential resulting damage. So, what should you be worried about when it comes to whacking one of these monsters?
For the most part, the lower to the ground that your vehicle sits, the more damage a pothole is likely to do. While all vehicles are susceptible to tire and wheel damage, cars that ride lower to the road are more likely to see damage to the undercarriage and exhaust systems or even see a cracked bumper. The most common damage that we see in our bays this time of year are flat tires or tires with bulges on the sidewalls. Chances are if your tire has a bulge like this, it may have to be replaced. Bent rims are common as well. If your wheels are made of aluminum as most are these days, a bend in the rim will have to be hammered out or weighted so it does not affect the safe operation of the vehicle. The last of the major damage we see is to alignment and suspension systems. Ball joints, swing arms, shocks and struts can take a beating from potholes. It is best that you make a service appointment right away if you see a change in your vehicle’s steering or if you hear a rattle of any sort after hitting a pothole.
Of course the best way to avoid damage like this is to avoid hitting potholes to begin with. Unfortunately, we know that is not always the case as they can be well disguised by puddles and the like. If your vehicle sustains damage from a pothole this season, give our pros a call so we can get you back on the road safely!