What Damage Have Potholes Done to My Car?


Feeling the startling thump of hitting a pothole — and the uneasiness of facing an expensive repair — is never an experience you want to encounter on your commute. These annoying craters in the road are notorious for wreaking havoc on cars and causing serious problems. If you ever find yourself unable to avoid a pothole, we at Statewide Ford in Van Wert want you to know which areas of your car to check for damage.

Here are the five parts of your car potholes are likely to affect:

1. Tires

Since your vehicle's tires are the first and only contact with the road, it’s no surprise that they’re susceptible to pothole damage like sidewall bulges, tread separation, or getting flat. These issues can occur from the pothole’s hard edge that compresses the tire against the wheel on impact. To help prevent these problems, always make sure your tires are properly inflated.

2. Wheels

Bends, chips, or cracks can form on your wheels from the hard angles in potholes that apply impact force. A bent wheel won’t be able to roll smoothly, and chips look like chunks missing from the rim where it meets the tire. However, cracks might be more difficult to spot as they can be subtle hairline fractures along the wheel circumference or in one of the spokes.

3. Suspension

Car suspension is designed to absorb impacts and ensure a smooth ride, however, there’s a limit to how much it can actually handle. Sudden hits against potholes can cause a number of suspension issues, including misalignment, broken ball joints, and damaged struts or shocks.

If your vehicle is misaligned, you may notice your steering wheel is off center or your car pulls in one direction. Signs of broken ball joints, struts, or shocks include unusual vibrations and sounds, wandering steering, or poor ride quality. If you notice any of these symptoms, visit our Ford service center in Van Wert to get your car checked out by a mechanic.

4. Exhaust

Since exhaust pipes run along the undercarriage of the vehicle, they’re the ideal victims for pothole damage. Deep pits can cause a car to bottom out and scrape the undercarriage against the pavement, possibly denting or ripping a hole in the exhaust pipes, muffler, or catalytic converter. If there’s a hole in your exhaust system, you may experience a loss of power or unpleasant noises. Even worse, your car will spew out harmful pollution.

5. Body

If you drive a vehicle that is lower to the ground, the more likely it is to be affected by potholes. In addition to the issues above, potholes can scrape against low-hanging bumpers or side skirts. Although this type of damage is typically cosmetic, it’s still something you should take care of in order to maintain your car’s appearance.

Get Pothole Damage Fixed at Our Ford Service Center in Van Wert

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If you encounter potholes along your daily drive, it’s important to stay alert and avoid them the best you can. However, if you hit an unforeseen hole that causes damage, make your way over to our service center for repairs. Whether you need a new tire, an alignment, or a cosmetic fix, our certified technicians can handle it!

For more information, or to make a service appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at our Ford dealership today!

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