Potholes are caused by water getting into the pavement – usually through a crack – and softening the soil underneath. That creates a depression in the surface of the street. Many times potholes appear during winter and spring months, especially in areas with heavy rainfall or with roads that freeze. Also there are a lot of roads that are just getting old and cracking from heavy usage that is causing potholes. Chances are you are going to hit a pothole.
Hitting a pothole can do real damage to your car. Tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignments can all be affected by a pothole. If you have hit one, look for these warning signs:
- Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine your car’s ride and handling.
- Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.
- Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between your car and the road.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, Val & Mike’s Auto Repair can help. Our expert technicians can inspect your vehicle for damage, and make all necessary repairs. And as an added convenience, we now sell tires along with road hazard protection, so if you do hit a pothole and damage your tire you’re covered!
Give us a call today if you have any questions about your tires or suspension! 714-375-3145
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