When you live around the Philadelphia area, hitting potholes can be an everyday occurrence. While it’s so common we often don’t even think about it, it can cause serious damage to your vehicle—far after the uncomfortable bump has passed. So what exactly can happen to your vehicle?
There are several things that could happen to your vehicle if you hit a pothole including the following:
- Damage to your wheel rims
- Damage to your tires including additional wear and/or a puncture
- Wheel misalignment
- Damage to the engine or exhaust system
- Damage to the suspension system
- Additional wear on struts and shocks
While it’s sometimes possible to avoid a pothole by simply going around it, it’s not always an option. The best thing you can do when you see it is slow down as much as you can. This will minimize the amount of pressure that comes down on your suspension and hopefully help you avoid damage to your exhaust system or engine. In the event that you hit a pothole and get a flat tire, you should pull over to the side of the road. Pull as far off the road as you can safely and put on your hazard lights.
If you have a vehicle emergency kit, you might have a warning triangle that you can put on the road to let other cars know to give you some extra space. If you have a spare tire and you feel comfortable changing it yourself, do so carefully and be sure to pay attention to what’s going on around you. You should not try to change the tire yourself if you’ve never done it before, if it’s dark, or if you’re alone. Doing so in any of these situations is dangerous. In this case, you should contact your local Philadelphia service department and have your vehicle towed. There are a few other things you should keep in your car, just in case a pothole has you stranded on the side of the road. These are also great for other roadside emergencies. These include:
- A first aid kit
- Hazard triangle
- Tire gauge
- Jack and lug wrench
- Work gloves
If you end up needing to change a tire, put out the hazard triangle, put on your work gloves and get to the business of changing it out. Use the blanket to protect your knees while you’re working off the tire and be sure the jack and lug wrench will work for your vehicle before you put them in your emergency kit. If you don’t get a flat tire and your vehicle is still functional, you’ll likely still want to get it checked at the service department at Montgomeryville Nissan.
We’ll take a look at your wheel alignment, tire health, and the underbelly of your vehicle. Having a wheel misalignment can be detrimental to your vehicle since it takes away some of the control you have over the direction of your vehicle. It also causes undue wear to your shocks and struts which are the most important parts for making your ride comfortable—they help decrease the impact of hitting bumps in the road. Your tires can be seriously damaged and will need to be checked for small punctures, bulging, or any visible damage. Get your car checked out at Montgomeryville Nissan after you hit a pothole. We know exactly what to look for since we see this specific problem all the time. Give us a call at (888) 491-9635 to set up an appointment or schedule a service appointment online today.