Preventing Pothole Damage to Your Car

Colorado had quite the spring. With below average temperatures, residents saw more precipitation and snow than they had in previous years. Three significant snow storms moved across the state within the last month, covering colorful Colorado with much-needed snow.

While the precipitation was gratefully welcomed, the added moisture and freeze-thaw cycle wrecked havoc on the roads, causing numerous accidents and leading to a whole lot of vehicle damage.

As the snow finally melted, the resulting water seeped through pavement cracks caused by heavy traffic. There, the water sits until cooler nighttime temperatures cause it to freeze. As the water turns to ice, it expands and forces the pavement to rise. When the temperature begins to rise the next day, the ice melts and a shallow divot occurs under the surface. Once the pavement breaks, a pothole is formed and becomes yet another dangerous obstacle in the road.

It is nearly impossible to avoid all potholes, and as spring melts the last of the snow, potholes pop-up more and more frequently. It is recommended to have your vehicle inspected each spring, to repair any damage caused by potholes.

Here are a few signs that your car may have pothole damage:

  1. Your vehicle is leaking or has physical signs of damage, like dents or rusting
  2. Your vehicle “bottoms out” frequently
  3. Your vehicle sits lower in the front or in the rear
  4. Your vehicles sways or rolls on turns
  5. Your vehicle’s rear end squats when accelerating
  6. Your vehicle’s front end dives when braking
  7. Your vehicle rolls or sways on turns

These are all serious issues for your vehicle which shouldn’t be ignored. Ignoring the problem will only make the issue worse; it is best to head to an auto service center as soon as possible to handle the maintenance.

 

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