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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Potholes Can Cause Severe Damage to Vehicles

Even though we didn’t get much snow here in Billings this year, we are still experiencing an abundance of potholes and uneven pavement that can cause significant damage to your vehicle, especially in the following areas:

Strut and Shock Absorbers: Uneven road condition caused by potholes, can crack, bend or damage your vehicle suspension. If you experience excessive vibration or change in vehicle handing, this can be due to your vehicle suspension system.

Wheel Alignment: Wheel alignment is making sure the wheels are running parallel to one another, and that the tires meet the road at the proper angle. It is done by adjusting the angles between the suspension and steering parts, the wheels, and the vehicle frame. Pot holes can cause the tire angles to get knocked out of line. When this happens, it can cause the vehicle to handle badly or the tires to wear unevenly.

Wheel Balancing: A hard pothole impact can dislodge wheel weights on the tires. An out of balance tire can affect ride quality as well as shorten the life of tires, bearings, shocks and other suspension components. If your vehicle has a vibration that is dependent on speed, and usually becomes noticeable around 40-45 mph and increases as your speed increases, it's probably balance related.

Tires: Tires provide the best protection between a car and a pothole. Check the tires for uneven wear and or damage. We also strongly recommend to maintain tire pressure as stated in the owner’s manual to ensure optimized cushion between your car and the road.

To avoid costly repairs, if you experience any of the above symptoms have your vehicle inspected at Metric Wrench Billings today!

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