Fix Your Pothole Damage at Wood Wheaton GM
Let’s face it: in this climate, dealing with potholes comes with the territory. You do your best to avoid them, but over the long term you’re bound to go full speed into one or two.
Once your vehicle runs into a deep pothole, you risk a whole list of immediate damage, including steering misalignment, bent rims, and tire puncture. Even if your vehicle continues to seem as if it’s running well, you should still take it into service centre for timely inspection. Why? Just like with a minor leak, if left untreated, it can grow into much costlier damage that could have once been easily remedied for a fraction of the cost.
Afraid you might have pothole damage? Book an inspection appointment online at Wood Wheaton GM.
WHERE POTHOLES CAN DAMAGE YOUR RIDE
Damage from one large pothole, or the cumulative stress over running over several smaller potholes over the years can damage the following parts of your vehicle: tires, rims, shocks and struts, suspension, steering system, exhaust system, and engine.
For this reason, our Wood Wheaton repair technicians may suggest the following procedures to find and fix any damage that may linger in your vehicle:
- Tire repair
- Tire rotation
- Vehicle inspection
- Full alignment check and service
LOOK FOR THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF POTHOLE DAMAGE
Here are the most likely places you can spot the symptoms of the greater problem of pothole damage:
Tires: Is a sidewall on one of your tires bulging? That’s bad news, which can soon result in a full blow-out when you want it least, so get this addressed as soon as possible.
Exhaust system: Since you hit a pothole, have you been noticing strange new sounds? It’s likely that some element of your exhaust system has been damages, so have your vehicle inspected to find out where the problem lies before it gets expensive.
Rims: Chances are that your rims are an aluminum alloy, which helps with cost and weight reduction, but is vulnerable to dents. Hitting a pothole could lead to bent rims.
Undercarriage: Especially if you have a low-sitting vehicle, hitting a pothole car cause havoc to the underside of your car. This can include punctures, wear and abrasion leading to rust, and fluid leaks.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Unless you give up driving completely, it’s almost impossible to avoid potholes altogether in the harsh temperature swings of the Canadian climate. But sticking to a few wise driving habits will save you and your vehicle from a lot of unnecessary hardship over the years. Here are a few such suggestions to minimize the chance of pothole damage:
- Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure. Your tires are the buffer zone between the varying road conditions and the rigid body of your vehicle. Remember, over-inflating your tires can be just as harmful as not having enough air in them.
- Don’t follow too close! Having enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you allows enough time to spot and anticipate potholes, without unnecessary dramatic adjustments at the last minute that could put you and others on the road in danger.
- Be mindful of puddles. When potholes are flooded, due to spring melting or rain, they can blend into the road, appearing as simple shallow puddles — until it’s too late.