Many drivers know from firsthand experience that hitting a pothole can cause extensive damage to their vehicle. Unfortunately, potholes are fairly common. Many drivers have a hard time detecting potholes until they hit one. If you recently hit a pothole with your car, here is some information about the damage your vehicle may have incurred.
How Potholes Can Damage Vehicles
Steering system misalignment is one possible consequence of hitting a divot in a road with your car. Other potential consequences include bent rims and tire punctures. In some cases, the damage caused by a pothole is obvious. In other cases, the damage is less apparent. No matter the case, the problem should be resolved as soon as possible. Otherwise, the problem will likely get worse.
If you feel a sudden jolt while driving your vehicle, chances are you hit a pothole. You should perform an inspection of your vehicle as soon as possible to identify any damage. You may want to have an auto care expert inspect your vehicle for you. Not only will they be able to identify damage incurred by your vehicle, but they will also be able to fix it.
Other potential consequences of hitting a pothole include the following:
- Wheel rim damage
- Tire damage, puncture, or wear
- Early wear on struts and shocks
- Exhaust system damage
- Suspension damage
- Engine damage
- The amount of damage that your vehicle incurs from a pothole depends on whether you hit it straight on or simply nicked it. Other factors include the speed of impact and the depth of the pothole. Sometimes, the damage from a pothole takes time to become more obvious.