While you’ll always find a pothole or two around the Edmonton area on any given day, the winter thaw is prime time for these pesky holes to appear almost everywhere.
Potholes can spell trouble for your vehicle!
When a tire rolls over a pothole, it drops down and then has to roll out. The damage caused by potholes occurs due to the impact as the tire exits the hole.
The extent of damage depends on the size of the tire and the pothole and the speed of the vehicle. For instance, smaller tires tend to experience more damage, while longer potholes will cause more damage.
Now that you know exactly how potholes can damage your car, let’s look at the type of damage they can do:
Signs of Pothole Damage to Your Vehicle
There may be times when you can roll over a pothole, apologize to your car, and suffer no damage whatsoever.
However, in order to avoid costly repairs, it’s important to know if your vehicle has suffered any damage due to a pothole!
Visible Damage to Your Tires or Rims
When your rims suffer from a sizeable dent due to potholes, your tire is likely damaged as well. While a flat tire is a solid indication of pothole damage, it’s important to closely inspect your tires even if they are not deflated.
Look for abnormal bulges or bubbles along your tire sidewall, which can indicate that the inner lining has been damaged. This damage can lead to costly repairs or a dangerous tire blowout.
Potholes can also cause damage to your vehicle’s exhaust system, but you are more likely to hear the issue than to see it.
Damage to the exhaust system can lead to long-term issues with your engine.
Hidden Damage From Potholes
Not all damage caused by potholes is obvious! Here are some hidden damages you may not be aware of:
A vehicle’s shocks are necessary to ensure stability when driving over a pothole but if all four of your shocks don’t work together or are damaged, you could be facing uneven tire wear and decreased fuel efficiency.
To check and see if your shocks are damaged, pay attention to whether or not your car is swaying while making turns or if your car seems to sink back while accelerating.
These are signs of damaged shocks and even damage to your suspension system.
Potholes can also cause unseen damage to your vehicle’s alignment.
You’ll know your alignment is off when you find yourself constantly wrestling with the steering wheel while your car is pulling you in another direction.
While a misalignment may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to uneven wear on your tires and increase the chances of you getting a flat.