The city streets can be tough on your vehicle. We all do our best to dodge the obvious large potholes when driving, but sometimes they are unavoidable. Uneven roads and potholes can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s tires, suspension, and frame. Whether your vehicle has a bent rim or steering problems from a damaged road, you need to know you can get safely where you need to go without causing further problems. But what if you unsuspectingly hit a pothole only to discover there is no visible damage to your vehicle? At Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, our St. Paul auto body and repair experts can help you determine if your vehicle has unseen damage from potholes and other road hazards.
Potholes Vs. Cars
Potholes go with the territory whether you live in the city or a rural area. Potholes can become especially problematic when the changing of seasons happens. Water can leak into existing damage in the pavement such as small cracks or chips. When this water freezes, it can cause extensive damage to the pavement, causing it to break. The result is the doom of vehicles everywhere, gaping potholes you can only try your best to avoid. Ultimately, the damage from a pothole can be serious, and without getting your car looked at right away, it can cause even more problems in the long-term.
Right after you tangle with a pothole, there may be visible damage to your car. It’s not uncommon to lose a tire to a pothole when the air inside suddenly shifts. You might also easily notice damage to the wheel or rim of your tire. Just because your car is still rolling with little trouble doesn’t mean it can keep going that way. If you can see visible damage to your wheel, chances are it needs to be replaced to avoid causing further problems.
Invisible Vehicle Damage
It’s the invisible vehicle damage you really need to look out for. Driving on a damaged car can cause serious problems, ultimately compromising the safety of its occupants. Even if at first everything seems all right, you might eventually notice your vehicle is pulling to the left or right. This means your vehicle’s steering components or suspension are out of alignment. We can also check for premature wear on your vehicle’s shocks and struts. Repairing damage before it becomes a problem can save you a bundle in the long run.
Other less obvious damage can include the following:
● Wheel bearings
● Exhaust system
Minneapolis and St. Paul Pothole and Auto Body Repair
When your car hits a pothole, you don’t want to risk further damage to your car by putting off repairs. Assuming everything is fine after you’ve faced down damaged roads could jeopardize the safety of your vehicle’s occupants as well as others on the road.
At Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, we can identify any existing damage and help you get your car back on the road fast. From newer model vehicles to classics, we’ve got you covered. We will also keep you involved in the process at every step in your repair. Call our auto and body repair experts at 651.633.8900, or contact us online for a free estimate.