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Pothole Damage Repair

Pothole damage poses problems

Your vehicle can suffer major damage due to a pothole in the road. Unfortunately, navigating around them is a daily reality. And most of the time, you can’t see a pothole until it’s too late – and the damage is already done.

If you hit a pothole, damage can range from steering system misalignment to bent rims to tire puncture. Plus, the damage isn’t always obvious. Noticeable or not, pothole damage can put your vehicle’s systems and parts in peril – so it’s very important to get an inspection as soon as possible to identify and address any problems.

That’s where we come in. Bring your car to the experienced professionals at Tires Plus, and we’ll conduct a complete vehicle inspection, assess any damage and correct pothole damage problems.

Pothole damage can lead to:

  • Tire puncture, wear or damage
  • Misalignment of your steering system
  • Damage to wheel rims
  • Engine damage
  • Damaged suspension or broken suspension components
  • Untimely wear to shocks and struts
  • Damaged exhaust system

Pothole problems? Need to assess the damage?

Schedule a complete vehicle inspection at Tires Plus today. If your vehicle has experienced pothole damage, your technician may recommend a number of services to right the wrong, including:

The reality of pothole damage

Whether you hit a pothole head–on or only went over part of it, it’s likely that your vehicle was damaged. The severity of damage depends on how deep the pothole was – and how fast you were driving when you hit it. Some pothole damage is obvious, such as a flat tire. But it’s important to remember other less apparent (but still important) problems – like misalignment – can be lurking beneath the surface, leading to premature tire wear or the need for tire replacement.

Automotive maintenance, repairs and tire replacement are what we do at Tires Plus. Bring your vehicle to your nearest location, so our experienced technicians can set things right. By performing a complete vehicle inspection, they can detect pothole damage problems and recommend the right repairs.

When you hit a pothole or suspect pothole damage has occurred, get your car inspected as soon as possible. Identifying and correcting pothole damage can prevent the need for costlier repairs, as well as more serious damage to other parts of your vehicle.

Signs of pothole damage

Tires: When your tires hit a pothole, their sidewalls may bulge. If this occurs, addressing the issue as soon as possible is crucial.

Rims: On most vehicles today, the rims are aluminum–based and, therefore, susceptible to dents. Hitting a deep pothole at a high rate of speed can lead to bent rims. But at Tires Plus, our technicians are experienced at identifying and correcting issues resulting from pothole damage.

Exhaust System: Strange noises coming from your exhaust system can be due to pothole damage. A complete vehicle inspection is essential to determine if that’s the case.

Undercarriage: It’s pretty common for a pothole to dent or puncture the undercarriage of your vehicle. Left unchecked, this can lead to fluid leaks and rust. By getting a complete vehicle inspection, our technicians can catch pothole problems before they wreak havoc on your vehicle.

Ways to avoid pothole damage

It would be ideal if we could avoid every pothole. Sadly, it isn’t always that simple – since many potholes seem to appear from nowhere or aren’t visible at all. To minimize the chance of damaging your vehicle from potholes, follow these tips:

  • Keep your tires inflated per your manufacturer’s recommended tire air pressure. Properly inflated tires give your wheel rims the best protection from potholes. But be aware that either under– or over–inflating tires limits your vehicle’s protection from pothole damage.
  • Leave room between your car and the vehicle in front of you. That way, you’ll have breathing room to spot – and avoid – potholes.
  • When it’s dark out or there’s inclement weather, it’s difficult to tell the size and depth of a pothole. Sometimes, it’s hard to see them at all! If you’re driving during bad weather, please do so at a reduced speed. You’re more likely to see driving hazards — like potholes — before damage occurs.

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