March 6, 2024

I Just Hit A Pothole – What Do I Do Now?

Potholes are an inevitable nemesis for drivers, especially during the tumultuous winter months. The damage they can inflict on your vehicle is not to be underestimated. In this week’s blog, we’ll delve into the consequences of hitting potholes and provide insights on minimizing potential harm to your car. John talks about what you should do if you think you have damage from a pothole.

Suspension System:

When your vehicle encounters a pothole, the suspension system takes the brunt of the impact. This can lead to misalignments, damaged shocks, and compromised stability. Regular inspections and timely repairs are crucial to maintaining a smooth and safe ride. Hitting a pot hole can damage tie rod ends and control arms as well as other components close to where your wheel mounts to your vehicle. If you feel issues with your cars drivability or handling we recommend having your suspension system inspected by a professional.

Tires and Wheels:

Potholes pose a significant threat to your tires and wheels. The force of impact can result in punctures, bulges, or even bent rims. Check your tires for visible damage and ensure they are properly inflated to mitigate the risk of blowouts. Wheel weights can come loose and cause vibrations going down the road. If you experience vibrations after hitting a pot hole, you may need a tire balance to fix the issue.

Alignment Issues:

Pothole encounters can throw your wheels out of alignment, causing your vehicle to veer to one side. Misaligned wheels not only affect handling but can also lead to uneven tire wear. Schedule a wheel alignment to rectify any issues and prevent long-term damage. If you notice your car pulling to one side of the road, You may need an alignment or a component of the suspension system may be damaged and needs replacing.

Exhaust System Damage:

The exhaust system, including the muffler and pipes, is vulnerable to pothole damage. Impact can cause dents, cracks, or even dislodgement. Regularly inspect your exhaust system to identify and address issues promptly, preventing more extensive damage over time. If you experience a new rattle or noise coming from underneath your vehicle post pothole. We recommend getting your vehicle inspected by a professional to make sure your exhaust and undercarriage aren’t damaged.

Brake System Impact:

Potholes can affect your braking system, potentially causing brake component damage or affecting brake fluid levels. Regular brake inspections are crucial to ensure optimal performance and prevent safety hazards. If you notice any change in your brakes after hitting a pothole, take your vehicle to a professional immeditaly to make sure you can safely stop your vehicle.

If you hit a pothole and simply want a peace of mind inspection, feel free to contact any of our stores and we would love to ensure your safety.

Good luck dodging the potholes!

– Your Team @ Auto Care Plus


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