Symptoms of Pothole Damage

Potholes are often times caused by freezing and thawing of water under the pavement, weakening the road and causing large cracks. When combined with the weight of vehicles, these cracks can become potholes. Omaha winter weather tends to lend to excessive potholes. And in the spring, strong, long-lasting rain storms can also contribute to the number and severity of potholes.

Our Omaha auto repair shop sees a lot of vehicles suffering effects of pothole damage. In order to help minimize this damage we suggest taking proper precautions, including:

  • Keep tires inflated properly
  • Avoid potholes, or slow down before hitting them. Also, don’t brake directly over a pothole, which can actually cause more damage.
  • When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.

Even small potholes can cause serious damage to vehicles. In addition to causing structural damage to the tire itself, our auto repair Omaha experts see that potholes can also cause additional damage to tires if they are over- or under-inflated. Potholes may also cause alignment, suspension or steering problems. Additionally, potholes can cause bulges or blisters on the tire sidewalls, dents in the wheel rims, undercarriage damage, odd noises coming from the exhaust system due to dents or punctures and alignment problems.

If you notice any of the issue mentioned above, call your Omaha car repair experts at Jensen Service and Diagnostic to schedule an appointment to protect the longevity and safety of your vehicle.

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