Picture this: You’re driving your usual route to work and see a pothole ahead in the road, which means you must decide to avoid it or maintain your path. Since the pothole looks small, you choose to drive through it. But as soon as you do, you notice a shift in your vehicle’s performance. Now you’re late to work, and your car needs an urgent repair.
Potholes, no matter how big or small, can seriously damage your vehicle. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t know this. So to help you understand just how dangerous potholes can be, we’ve provided some information below about how they can damage your vehicle.
What Are Potholes?
Potholes are cavities in the road caused by wear and tear, weather, and construction. You usually see them after winter, but they can occur at any time. When you drive through one, you’ll feel a one side of your car drop down and come back up sharply.
What Can Potholes Do?
Regardless of the size, driving through a pothole can seriously damage your vehicle. From damaging your tires to affecting your internal systems, these nuisances on the road can do a number to your vehicle. Below are examples of just some of the damage you may experience when you drive through a pothole:
- Holes in your tires
- Wheel rim damage
- Stress to shocks and struts
- Excessive suspension wear and tear
- Misalignment in steering system
In addition to these problems, a pothole can affect your powertrain Going through just one pothole can shift your engine too hard, possibly resulting in broken engine mounts. This issue is costly to repair, and if you put off fixing it, you face serious engine damage.
What You Can Do
You can find potholes everywhere from Brockton to Stoughton to Randolph. So to ensure your vehicle doesn’t suffer any serious damage, it’s best to try to avoid potholes by steering away from them when conditions are safe and there are no vehicles are pedestrians around.
However, sometimes there are situations where you can’t get away from them. If this happens, then decelerate and drive through it as slow as possible. You’ll still feel that sharp jolt, but your vehicle will experience less stress. However, taking it slower still leads to damage. So if you have to go through a pothole, make sure you schedule an appointment at the service department at Nissan 24 in Brockton. Our trained technicians can diagnose and repair any harm done to your vehicle.
Potholes both small and large can do serious damage to your car. So do your best to avoid them, and if you absolutely can’t, take caution when you go through them.
If you want to determine whether your Nissan has faced any pothole damage or want more information about the problems they cause and how to avoid them, give the service department at Nissan 24 a call at 888-898-4251. Don’t wait until the damage is done – schedule your service appointment with us today.