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Is it bad to hit a pothole?

We’ve all experienced that cringe-worthy, heart-stopping moment when you're driving down the road, minding your own business, and then hit a bad pothole. Maybe you pull over, or just slow down and turn off the radio to make sure your car is okay. You may check that your tire hasn’t popped or listen for any weird noises coming from the vehicle.

A harmful pothole can be a sneaky evil, the damage can stand out like a bent rim or flat tire. But some issues that emerge can be more subtle and take longer to identify like:

  1. Your steering wheel pulls to the left or right.

  2. Rattling, clunking, or squeaking sounds

  3. Rougher drive

If you experience any of these symptoms, even if you didn’t hit a pothole, your car may be misaligned. A misalignment means your tires and suspension are no longer aligned (no longer in the manufacture specifications) and will cause further damage to your vehicle's parts overtime.

Some damage that can occur from misalignment include:

  • Uneven tire tread wear (Examples in diagram below)

  • Shorter Tire Life

  • Increased fuel usage

  • Poor steering wheel performance (too loose or uneven)

Identifying the silent damages is not an easy task. If you are unsure about the damage your car may have received, the best thing you can do is call us at Superior or book an appointment with your local mechanic. Our precision alignment machine will determine what needs to be adjusted so our mechanics can get your car back in alignment and feeling better than ever.


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