Signs that your car may have pothole damage

Signs that your car may have pothole damage
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Spring is finally arriving around the country and with it, of course, is another season of potholes.

Driving over potholes can seriously damage the ride control system of your car. If you do drive over a pothole, the Car Care Council recommends that you have the shocks or struts of your vehicle checked to make sure they are not damaged. Here are eight signs your car may have pothole damage.

  • Your car rolls or sways on turns.
  • The front-end of your vehicle dives when braking.
  • The rear-end squats when accelerating.
  • Your car bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road.
  • Your vehicle “bottoms out” or thumps on bumps.
  • Your vehicle sits lower in the front or rear.
  • Your car is leaking or has signs of physical damage, such as rusting or dents.
  • There is a loss of directional control during sudden stops of the vehicle.

Many components affect a vehicle’s handling. Having your car inspected, if you experience any of the above signs, is good preventive maintenance.

Source: Car Care Council

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