Drivers Beware! The Peril of Potholes!

August 9, 2012

Pot holes are bad, bad, bad! Driver beware!

We found this great article from Car Care News that we’d love to share with you.

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Hitting a pothole can damage tires, wheels, steering and suspension, wheel alignment and more. The Car Care Council recommends that motorists who experience any of the following warning signs after hitting a pothole should have a professional technician at their local repair shop inspect the vehicle.

  • Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming-out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads. These are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine your car’s ride and handling. Key components are shocks and/or struts, the steering knuckle, ball joints, the steering rack/box, bearings, seals and hub units and tie rod ends.
  • Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear. These symptoms mean there’s an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.
  • Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the rim. These problems will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible as tires are the critical connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions.

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Thanks for the great advice, Car Care News!

And because we think it’s just fun to look at giant potholes, enjoy these photos from across the internet.

If you like seeing before and after photos of wrecked vehicles, be sure to “like” the Ed Schmidt Wreck Center on Facebook! We share fun photos all the time!

Body Shop Guy Extraordinaire, Al McGaharan, is the Ed Schmidt Wreck Center’s Director. Al is the master of the “Snow Dance”, and he lives on a diet of nothing but animal cookies. Yes, the man eats like a five-year-old. He knows how to build a better body. Car body that is…

 

 

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