Potholes are a common reason for cars being damaged on the roads. When puddles or slush are covering the roads, you are likely hitting these potholes. This is because you cannot see them. If you are unsure if your own car may have damage from potholes, make sure to bring it in.
Inspecting the tires
The tires are the first thing to encounter the pothole and therefore, the first thing to check. Some potholes can cause flat tires so when you accidentally hit a pothole, pay attention to your car and pull over if possible to check it out. Look for a slow-leaking puncture or bulging in the sidewall. Any scratches or damage to the rubber tire is something that should be inspected as soon as possible.
The rims also take a beating when you hit a pothole. If you hit the pothole rather hard then it could definitely bend your tire rim. Inspect for any damage to the rim and also inside the lip of the wheel. If you notice that the rim has a significant dent or bend to it, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. That way we can inspect the tires and rims for you.
Car Driving correctly
The car may not drive correctly after hitting a pothole. This can include it swaying when you hit a bump. It could indicate an issue with your struts or shocks. These absorb the impact when you are driving so when you hit a pothole for the first time you are not likely to feel much. However, the more potholes you hit the faster your struts and shocks can wear down.
While it’s very important to check your tires after hitting a pothole, many don’t consider the damage to the undercarriage. A quick glance may not reveal any problems but there could easily be a leak or tear somewhere underneath. If the pothole was rather significant in size, bring the vehicle in. We can look to ensure there are not any issues that might arise in the nearby future.
When your car decides to make an odd noise of any kind, schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, hitting a pothole can do damage to more than just the tires, it can cause odd noises if it damages something else. Potholes can cause unnoticeable damage. While a flat tire or odd noise is very obvious, small leaks or other slight damage may not make an appearance right away. Bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect it for you.