Facts About Pot Holes

Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don’t always know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process. To help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged your vehicle, watch for the following warning signs:

  • Loss of control
  • Swaying when making routine turns
  • Bottoming-out on city streets
  • Bouncing excessively on rough roads
  • Pulling to one side or the other while driving

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, 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.

Rich White (executive director) of the Car Care Council said, “Hitting a pothole can cause plenty of problems; damaging tires, wheels, steering and suspension, wheel alignment and more. If you’ve hit a pothole, it’s worth having a professional technician check out the car and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability.”

Texans drive through rough terrain, construction zones, and unmaintained streets. If you or a loved has hit a pot-hole or something in the like you should bring your vehicle into Horizon Auto Center to let us check it out.