Frequent question: How do you know if a pothole damaged your car?

What can happen to your car if you hit a pothole?

Depending on how hard the pothole is hit, the engine could move off its mounts. Engine misalignment means the engine must work harder, and this will cause damage over a longer time. Other damage that is visible includes bent wheel rims, body damage, and, of course, damage and punctures to tyres.

What happens if you hit a pothole too fast?

The faster you hit the pothole, the less time your wheel will have to drop into the hole. The slower you hit a pothole, the further your wheel will sink into the hole before hitting the other side. That said, hitting a pothole at excessive speeds an be dangerous if it causes you to lose control of the vehicle.

Can a pothole cause a leak?

Leaking fluid from your car.

Some potholes are deep enough that your car will “bottom out”, impacting the road surface. With enough force, this will damage your oil pan or other important undercarriage components causing fluids to leak.

What to do after hitting a pothole?

What to Do Immediately After Hitting a Pothole

  1. Pull safely to the side of the road.
  2. Take pictures of the pothole and location.
  3. Inspect your tire, rims, and body for visible damage.
  4. Call a non-emergency police line to document the incident and report any damages.
  5. Call a tow truck if damage makes it necessary.
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What can break when hitting a pothole?

When you hit a pothole, it can damage:

  • Your wheels – it can bend or even crack wheel rims.
  • Your tires – flat tires, uneven wear, and weakened belts and cords.
  • Your alignment – ever noticed your car pulling to one side or the other?
  • Your suspension system – it can impact shocks, struts, springs, and more.

Is it better to drive fast or slow over potholes?

While it’s best to go over potholes slowly, you should avoid braking immediately before you hit one. This will likely cause your vehicle to nosedive right as you hit it, which can increase the amount of damage that can occur.