Welcome to the good ‘ol springtime thaw in Connecticut when we get the pleasure of avoiding potholes that speckle our city and state roads. What are you to do? Driving over potholes in the road can cause damage to your vehicle. Damages may range from small to severe, and can affect a variety of components of your vehicle.
Gradual abuse to the tire and suspension system can cause failure of suspension components. The abuse from even a single impact can result in a tire’s sidewall and rim to be damaged. If the pothole is large enough to cause severe damage, the undercarriage could be impacted, leading to damages in the oil lines, causing fluid leakage.
According to Hoffman Lexus Technology Specialist, Derek Sulliman, there are a few ways to tell if your vehicle has sustained damage. If there are any fluid leaks, a light on the dashboard should turn on. Another sign of potential damage is if your vehicle rattles or clunks or pulls in one direction rather than driving straight. “Once a vibration, clunk, light, or visual damage is noticed, it should be inspected by a Hoffman dealership,” said Sulliman. “If it’s an issue you can feel or hear, it’s highly recommended you bring a technician out on a road test.”
Avoiding potholes is the best way to avoid damage. Unfortunately, that’s almost impossible when you live in New England. Some news and traffic apps, like Waze, have up to the minute reports of potholes and damaged roads and can navigate your commute around these routes. Always practice safe driving when trying to avoid holes in the road. If you do suspect that your vehicle was damaged it’s important to bring it in for service as soon as you can before further wear and tear escalates the issue. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Hoffman dealership service centers.
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