Some mighty large potholes are being revealed after the winter storm this year.
Potholes are very damaging to your car’s suspension, tires and wheels! They can damage your tires, your wheels, your ball-joints and may even bend suspension parts. Potholes may even contribute to early metal-fatigue which can cause tears in your car's chassis sheet metal, hairline cracks which develop into larger problems.
How Do I Know If My Car Has Any Damage?
- Is your car pulling either to the right or left while driving on a straightaway?
- Are you experiencing a difficulty with steering the vehicle?
- Are your tires wearing unevenly or prematurely?
- Do any of your wheels have a dent like the photo above?
- Do you have to air-up one or two of your tires frequently?
Your car's suspension is comprised mostly of aluminum for its lightweight properties, however, aluminum is a softer metal and can easily bend during a big impact such as hitting a large pothole while traveling at a modest speed. Such an impact can cause your car’s alignment to go out of whack. If not realigned frequently, you may have to buy new tires for your car more often than you would like. If you think you may have damage you should have your car inspected by a certified professional who can perform quality suspension repair and maintenance.
What can you do to prevent suspension damage caused by potholes?
In addition to avoiding potholes, you should have your car checked as often as every six months by Autoscope’s technicians, who are certified and trained in suspension repair, alignment and inspection, for the following:
- Suspension damage
- Premature tire-wear (signs of bent suspension parts or improper inflation pressures)
- Worn out ball-joints and bushings
- Worn out control arm joints and bushings
Pothole Damage Insurance Claim? Can you Do It?
Yes, Your Insurance company will cover damages caused to any part of your car resulting from a pothole. For more information, contact your insurance agent. Or better yet, visit Autoscope for a complimentary visual inspection. If you have any damage, we most likely contact your insurance company on your behalf and coordinate all necessary repairs.