Driving over an unexpected pothole can be pretty scary and distressing. It causes a loud thud and for a second, you might not even know what it was that you drove over. Well, when you do find out it was only a pothole, there are some things you should check on to make sure you didn’t cause major structural damage.
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How to know if a pothole has damaged your car
If you hit a pothole and don’t hear anything unusual after, you should still pull over and give your car a full inspection. Sometimes, you can hear the problem right away and that is never a good sign. Get out and give your car a look over to see if anything is out of place.
Check your tire pressure
If one of your tires popped as a result of hitting the pothole, you would know immediately. If not, however, you should still check the tire pressure of the tire that hit the pothole. If you don’t have a tire pressure gauge in your car, now is the time where you should invest in one. The optimal tire pressure of your vehicle should be on a tag attached to the inside of your driver-side door.
Inspect the tire and wheel closely
Even if it didn’t pop, your tire may have abrasions or bubbles, which are causes for concern. If you notice anything suspicious with your tire, put a spare on to be safe. Driving on a damaged albeit in-tact tire is dangerous because it could give out at any time. Also, check the wheel as best as you can. You may be able to see if it has become cracked or bent.
Take your car to a professional
Regardless of what you see or don’t see, you should have a professional mechanic inspect your car after you hit a pothole. The only way to be sure nothing is damaged is by getting the car into an actual auto shop. Next time you hit a pothole, don’t hesitate to call a tow service! Your safety is our number one priority.