Once the weather in Connecticut clears up for summer, it’s common to see construction areas set up all over your daily commute, blocking lanes and chopping up the roads. Combined with potholes left over from winter snow plows, roads aren’t always smooth. These potholes, dips, and divots may not seem like a big deal until your tires and suspension encounter them, causing 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 critical components. The abuse from even a single impact can result in a tire’s sidewall and rim to be damaged. Sidewall damage doesn’t always result in punctured tires but can have severe repercussions, possibly leading to tire blowouts while driving. If the pothole is large enough to cause severe damage, the undercarriage could be impacted. This can lead to damage in the oil lines, causing fluid leakage. A vehicle’s tie rods and shocks can also be affected by driving over potholes.
Your vehicle’s alignment may become thrown off by the bumping and jarring from driving over potholes. Even the slightest alignment issues can mean major trouble down the line for your vehicle, according to Hoffman Honda Service Advisor Dan Covalli. “Alignment issues cause uneven tire wear. Proper alignment helps your tires last longer, and your vehicle wheels pointing in the right direction, which in turn creates a smoother drive.” Properly aligned vehicles also require less energy to drive. With gas prices skyrocketing this summer, using less energy saves big bucks on gas.
There are a few ways to tell if your vehicle has sustained damage. If there are any fluid leaks, a warning light on the vehicle’s dashboard should turn on. Another sign of potential damage is if your vehicle rattles, clunks, or pulls in one direction rather than driving straight. When there are issues in your vehicle that you can see, hear, or feel, it is important for you to visit your Hoffman service department to have one of our certified technicians properly inspect your vehicle. Our technicians will road test your vehicle with you to ensure that they can replicate the issue. Your safety is important to us, and getting any vehicle issue inspected by a Hoffman certified technician will help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
Avoiding potholes is the best way to prevent 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, helping you to navigate your commute around these problem areas. While it’s very tempting to swerve around potholes in the road, please remember to always practice safe driving when out and about. If you do suspect that your vehicle was damaged it’s important to bring it in for service as soon as possible to prevent further wear and tear. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Hoffman dealership service centers.