What to Do About Pothole Damage

February 24th, 2015 by

One of the biggest hazards of driving in and shortly after winter is that the cold simply wrecks the roads and can leave serious potholes on once-familiar streets. Pothole repair doesn’t usually happen for a few more months, so what should you do if you feel that familiar and painful thunk as one of your tires falls into—and hopefully Auto Mechanicclimbs out of—a pothole?

The short answer is to schedule a service center appointment at Bosak Honda Michigan City, but here are some other things to keep in mind until then.

Signs of Pothole Damage

There are some easy and not-so-easy signs of pothole damage to your vehicle, but here are some of the biggest signs that you need repair work done:

  • Your wheel starts pulling to the left or the right—this could be a sign of your vehicle being out of alignment, which could cause uneven tire wear and brake pad wear.
  • The rim(s) on your tire(s) are bent—a small bend could be no trouble right now, but you’ll have a heck of a time putting a new tire on when you need to. And if you have a bigger bend in your rim, the tire could became detached enough to cause a steady air leak.
  • Your tire is damaged—you’ll hopefully notice any significant tire damage right away, but be sure to inspect your tires after hitting a pothole. Don’t just look at the treads, either; sidewall damage could lead to an unexpected blowout.

There are other signs of pothole damage that we’ll be able to notice much more easily than you will, unless you’re willing to crawl under your car. Undercarriage damage may not seem like any damage at all at first, but it’s only a matter of time before it starts to rust through, which is why you should always bring your car in for a checkup after hitting a pothole.

Visit Bosak Honda Michigan City for Car Care

Whether you’ve got a winter of pothole damages to take care of or you just hit a particularly nasty one the other day, we want to help you get your car back in tiptop shape. And if you’re not sure whether or not your car took any significant damage from a pothole, feel free to contact our service experts and ask.

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