How Hitting a Pothole Can Damage Car Tires & Alignment

How Hitting a Pothole Can Damage Car Tires Alignment

Thanks to crazy temperature swings, heavy traffic, and unpredictable weather, cities across the United States have begun experiencing an abundance of potholes. Potholes form when cracks in the roadway expand, and are usually a product of winter’s freeze-thaw cycles—plus they’re dangerous for your car. Here’s how hitting a pothole can damage your car’s tires and alignment.  

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole

Similar to a collision, potholes can take a serious toll on your car. Potholes have a sneaky way of damaging your tires, rims, suspension and other steering components without making much of a fuss. If you do hit a pothole, you should take a look at your wheels and tires immediately. 

3 Signs a Pothole Damaged Your Car

Odd wear on your tire tread.

Potholes can sneak up on you; and their damage is not always immediate. Some potholes can leave a strange level of wear to your tire tread—and over time this can become dangerous. Losing tire tread can make your vehicle more susceptible to future damage, like a flat tire or inability to grip the road during a rainstorm. If you’re having tire problems due to hitting a pothole, it could be time for some serious tire repair from your local tire shop.

Shaky steering wheel.

Another sneaky sign of pothole related damage is a shaky steering wheel. Often, this is the first sign of car damage our customers notice—and usually it’s alerting you to a wheel balance problem or damage to the tire or rim. 

Car pulls to one side. 

Did you hit a pothole a few days back? Are you noticing your car pulling slightly to the left or right when driving down the highway? This could be the first indication of an alignment problem caused by the impact of hitting the pothole.

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