Should You Have Your Vehicle Aligned After You Hit a Pothole?

Potholes can cause unexpected problems for drivers. While it's rare for potholes to cause serious structural damage, they do frequently lead to various issues for cars. A blown tire or a heavily bent wheel rim might be noticeable, but other damages might not be as apparent. Learn how potholes can damage your car and how to determine whether you need repairs.

What Can Be Damaged?

Many drivers aren't aware of the many ways potholes can affect their cars. Here's a list of some things that can take a beating from potholes:

  • Tires
  • Suspension
  • Wheel rims
  • Steering system
  • Engine

How to Know If Your Vehicle Needs an Alignmeny

Some cases of pothole damage are easier to detect than others. You might not be aware of subtle changes in your car's performance that are actually warning signs. Here are some symptoms you may experience:

  • Front end shaking
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Car drifting to one side
  • Crooked steering wheel while driving straight

Cars get knocked out of alignment from potholes all the time. If you notice any of these problems, come to your local Sun Devil Auto service center to get your car inspected and repaired by an ASE certified technician.

Do You Have Worn or Damaged Suspension Parts?

The problems you're experiencing might be due to potholes affecting your car's suspension, particularly the shocks and struts. Here are some signs that your suspension has been affected:

  • Braking causes your car to nose dive
  • Poor ride quality
  • Squeaking noises
  • Visible dents, leaks, or cuts on shocks or struts
  • Accelerating makes your car "squat"
  • Slight turns cause significant body roll

Most suspension problems have to do with your car being sensitive to normal braking, acceleration, turning, and bumps. If you find that your car isn't handling these things as smoothly as before, the pothole may have caused some suspension damage.

What Are ASE Certified Technicians?

When your car needs repairs and maintenance, you want a mechanic who is highly experienced, rigorously tested, and professionally certified to do the job. Here at Sun Devil Auto, all of our technicians have demonstrated expertise in all areas of automotive services. Our technicians are knowledgeable, efficient, and thorough, and your car will be properly diagnosed and repaired to ensure it lasts you a long time.

Stop by your local Sun Devil Auto service center or contact us to schedule realignment. Whether you drive a high-performance car or a minivan, we're here to give your vehicle the superior maintenance and attention it deserves.