Pothole Perils

potholeAs the snow and ice melts, and this awful winter finally gives way to spring, we will be faced with some destructive reminders of the past season…potholes. Potholes are one of the most abusive nuisances to which your car is subjected. Hitting potholes can lead to problems such as:

– Steering system issues
– Wheel rim damage
– Tire damage
– Suspension problems
– Engine or exhaust system damage

Shocks and struts are another component of your car that can be seriously compromised by potholes. Shocks and struts control your car’s ride and handling. Shock and struts act as a cushion to dampen the bouncing action of a car’s springs. Another function of shocks and struts is controlling spring and suspension movement to keep your car’s tires in contact with the road, enabling proper steering, stability, and braking. Compromised shocks and struts can impact steering and handling, so it is essential to be aware of the warning signs that your vehicle’s shocks or struts may need to be replaced:

– Rolling or swaying on turns
– Front-end dives when braking or rear end dips when accelerating
– Bouncing or sliding sideways on rough or winding roads
– Bottoming out or thumping on bumps
– Unusual puddles under the car or leaking fluids
– Loss of directional control during sudden stops

It is a good idea to have your car inspected if you experience any of the above signs. Catching pothole damage issues early can prevent more extensive problems down the road.