It's the season of potholes: after winter weather and before the road crews have time to fill them. Driving in a pothole can be an annoyance, especially if it causes you to spill your hot coffee, but take note about the affects it can have on your car.
Potholes can cause:
-Premature wear on shocks and struts
-Damage to tires such as punctures
-Steering system misalignment
-Damage to wheel rims
-Exhaust system damage
With potholes, speed and impact matter-the stronger the jolt, the higher the potential for damage to your car. Moreover, if you often travel a rough road, repetitive pothole impact can also cause an accumulation of damage. You may notice if your rim is bent, but would you know if there is damage to your car's undercarriage or exhaust system?
There are some preventative measures you can take. First, maintain tire air pressure to manufacture's specifications. This will give your tires the optimum ability to absorb the impact. Secondly, consider your driving route to avoid potted roads. And third, if a pothole is on an unavoidable road you must use, call Wilsonville Public Works at 503-682-4092 to report it.
If you've hit a pothole and are concerned about your car, bring it in for an inspection to prevent costlier repairs down the road. At Lance's Superior Auto, we will evaluate and repair the damage to your car to keep it running smoothly. Things that go bump in the night don't have to be quite so scary.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070