Can Driving Over Potholes Damage Your Car?

Potholes are a common occurrence on our roads and can't always be avoided completely while driving. Although you may try to drive around them, sometimes you may miss them or can't dodge them. You may hit the pothole hard and think, I hope I didn't just hurt my vehicle! Unfortunately, potholes can have an effect on our cars depending on the health of our vehicle, the depth of the pothole, and how fast you were traveling. Here are some of the ways that potholes can damage your vehicle: 

Tires - tires can be damaged in a number of ways after hitting a pothole. It can cause the side of the tire to actually blow out due to the pressure on one side of the tire. If your TPMS light comes on after hitting a pothole, this is usually a sign of some sort of damage that will need to be looked at. 

Wheels - damage to the wheels can occur from hitting a pothole quickly. If you notice that the wheel is cracked or bent, bring your vehicle into your trusted mechanic. If a damaged wheel is hitting the tire, it can cause damage over time. 

Alignment - hitting a pothole can actually force your tires out of alignment. Tires that aren’t aligned can cause excessive wear and tear to the tires and cause damage to other suspension components. 

Suspension & Steering - Damage to the steering or suspension systems can cause handling problems and make it difficult to steer. This can also affect the wear on your tires and your tire alignment. 

If you hit a pothole on the road at a moderate or high speed, bring your vehicle into Mission Auto Care just for a quick inspection. We will make sure that no damage has occurred and if there is an issue, we will repair it quickly and get you back on the road. 

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