Most of us have been taught to avoid potholes while driving. It was probably one of the very first things we learned behind the wheel!
Although most us know driving over potholes is bad for our vehicles, very few know exactly why that is. Moore Tires recommends checking these parts of your vehicle if you accidentally drive over a pothole:
1. Steering System
If you hit a pothole, you risk misaligning your steering system. If you have noticed your vehicle pulling to the left or right while you are trying to steer straight, you could have a misaligned steering system.
Other signs include uneven tire wear, squealing tires, or a crooked steering wheel while driving straight. A vehicle inspection can help identify and correct these negative effects quickly.
2. Tires and rims
Potholes can damage your tires by resulting in punctures, bulging sidewalls, and excessive wear. If you notice damage to your tires after hitting a pothole, get it checked out as soon as possible to avoid a blowout.
Most vehicles are equipped with aluminum-based rims, which can suffer from dents if you hit a pothole hard enough. Bent or dented rims are bad news for your car, so be sure to have your rims checked out after hitting a particularly bad pothole.
3. Exhaust system
Did you know hitting a pothole can puncture parts beneath your vehicle or even damage your exhaust system? If your exhaust is making strange noises or your car is leaking new fluids, let your mechanic know and have the issue inspected.
Damage to the exhaust system can lead to long-term issues with your engine if left unaddressed.
Don’t wait until small issues turn into expensive repairs. Save yourself time, money, and trouble in the future and make an appointment at Moore Tires.
Moore Tires, www.mooretires.com.