While Minnesotans always look forward to the warmth of Spring and Summer, there’s an unfortunate catch: potholes. These deep holes in the pavement are more than a bumpy annoyance—hitting one, especially at a high speed, can do some serious damage to your vehicle.

How much damage can a pothole do?

Common car damages from potholes include:

  • Tire wear or puncture
  • Wear on shocks and struts
  • Steering misalignment
  • Engine damage
  • Exhaust system damage
  • Suspension damage
  • Wheel rim damage

How do I know if part of my car has been damaged?

After hitting a pothole, check the following to know if you need to take your car into an auto repair shop.

  • Tires: If tires have sustained significant damage, the sidewalls may bulge.
  • Alignment: Your car will feel like its pulling to the left or the right when driving straight.
  • Tire rims: Look for any dents, or a bent rim.
  • Exhaust system: If you’re hearing any strange noises from under the car, the exhaust system has likely been damaged.

Are there ways to prevent car damage from potholes?

Yes! While it may not always be possible to avoid a pothole, there are ways to prevent damage.

  • Slow down. By keeping your eyes on the road, you’ll be able to slow down before hitting it.
  • If you can’t slow down in time, don’t brake suddenly. You can actually do more damage to your car by slamming the breaks over a pothole.
  • Avoid puddles of water. There might be a pothole hiding underneath.
  • Don’t tailgate. If you’re too close to the car in front of you, you likely won’t have time to react to a pothole.

If you do end up hitting a pothole and your car is damaged, give us a call to schedule an appointment for a specific issue, or a diagnostics scan.  Our ASE certified technicians are here to help!