Potholes and the Damage They Inflict on Your VehicleApr 11th, 2017
The constant barrage of holes, bumps and crumbling pavement takes it’s toll on your vehicle and your ability to enjoy the drive. Most of the time people are driving around not even knowing they have a damaged rim, thrown out balancing, suspension problems or premature wear and tear on the tires. A bumpy, unpleasant drive becomes the new normal after even a mild winter season like the one we just had.
Halton Honda’s new Shop Foreman, Seth Stewart has some suggestions for our customers to be on the lookout for.
“You should start by evaluating your vehicles’ needs from the road up”.
#1. Tire issues. Hitting a pothole can lead to belt “shift” (or separation). Tire belts are the structural integrity of the tire. They hold the tire shape for better contact with the road and provide resistance to punctures. When a belt shifts the tire shape is compromised which can result in a vibration, a shimmy, or a low speed wobble. Check your tires for uneven tread wear which can indicate a problem that could gradually get worse.
#2 Bent Rim. Luckily most winter tires are mounted on steel rims as apposed to the softer (better looking) aluminum alloy rims we use for most of the year. When your rim is bent, your tire balance has been thrown out of whack so you will most likely feel a vibration at highway speeds.
#3 Alignment issues. Hitting a pothole can cause suspension components to shift +/or bend. Does your vehicle pull to the left or right? Is your steering wheel crooked even if your driving straight? Do your tires squeal? Without a proper alignment, not only will your drive and handling be compromised but you’ll be buying tires more often due to excessive tire wear.
Don’t let your car drive over a Grand Canyon of potholes without asking yourself if you’re experiencing any of the above signs. Having your car inspected goes a long way to help your vehicles’ components last longer, save you money and get back to enjoying the open (and hopefully smooth) road.