4 Signs Your Car Needs Pothole Damage Repair
Potholes are an unavoidable part of driving. Winter and spring weather can cause damage to roads, often leading to potholes. Even if you regularly drive over these obnoxious holes and pay little attention to them, too many pothole strikes can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Identifying wear and tear from pothole damage is difficult, as the impact may not immediately be obvious. So, if you have been worrying about the damage your car sustained from your recent pothole hit, here are four pothole damage signs to look out for.
1. Unusual Noises from the Exhaust System
Depending on the size of the pothole, your vehicle's exhaust system may have experienced some damage. Even if you do not remember hitting a pothole, your car may be letting you know that something is wrong. Once you notice your vehicle making strange noises you have not heard before, make sure you get that checked out immediately.
2. Tires/Rims are Visibly Damaged
Cracks, dents, and chips on your tire rims are a sure indication that your car has experienced pothole damage. Do you notice an abnormal bulge or bubble in your tire sidewall? This could be a sign of damage to your tire's inner lining, compromising your safety while driving. A vehicle inspection from a qualified tire technician can help identify and correct these negative impacts.
3. The Steering Wheel Shakes
Because you know how your car works, you'll quickly notice when something feels off. A shaking steering wheel indicates something is wrong with your vehicle's alignment. Since alignment issues can pose safety risks, let trained professionals help you diagnose and fix the damage.
4. Fluid Leaks Under the Car
Lastly, fluid leakage is another sign your car has suffered pothole damage. Depending on the size and depth of the pothole, it's likely that your vehicle's undercarriage is damaged. The moment you notice fluid leaking from your undercarriage, you should get your car checked out immediately to avoid further damage.
Contact Our Auto Repair Experts
Have you observed any of the discussed signs of pothole damage to your car? Do not sit around until small problems turn into costly repairs. Our trained technicians at Custom Complete Automotive in Jefferson City, Columbia, and St. Louis, MO can help you repair pothole damage at an affordable cost. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to find a repair shop near you!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.