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Hit a Pothole? Look for These Warning Signs



Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. The non-profit Car Care Council urges motorists to watch for three warning signs to help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged their vehicle.




  1. Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine a vehicle's ride and handling.


  2. Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.


  3. Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the vehicle and the road.



"If you've hit a pothole, it can be difficult to know if and to what extent your car has been damaged," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "It's a good idea to describe the symptoms to a professional technician who can then check out the vehicle and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability."



Potholes occur when water permeates the pavement - usually through a crack - and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding.



To learn more, view the "Dangers of Potholes" video at YouTube. Produced in conjunction with AutoNetTV, this Car Care Council video explains the perils of potholes and how they can adversely affect a vehicle's handling and performance.



Source: Car Care Council



What Our Customers Are Saying

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Thanks Ray for getting my Nissan out of a precarious spot.

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I followed Mike into the same hole. Same result. These guys worked us to switch one of the rims from Mikes car to mine. Very helpful, pleasant, and reasonable. Did a great job balancing the wheel. I took it on the road course at Pocono Raceway the next day without a hitch. Thanks guys!

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When a tree jumped out in front of my car...........the only person I called (besides my son) was 590 Service......It's all good.................who else can say that !! Or doesn't get any better than 590 Service............... How about Works for me............ Yea..........Its all good !!

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I am up here in the Poconos for my car clubs National meet (I'm from Louisiana) .. on one of our runs in the area I happened to hit a one of the "local" potholes :) ... busted my wheel ... 590 Service to the rescue ... I drive a Pontiac Solstice .. so no spare .. I have some discontinued rims on my car ... so no luck in getting a replacement rim ... 590 was able to find me some rims I liked at a very good price ... this was on Thursday afternoon .. he will have the rims delivered Friday am and have me ready to go by early afternoon ... I can't say enough good things about how I was treated ... truly great customer service

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My car needed an oil change and I could not find time to stop at a shop to get the oil done. So I called 590 Service and spoke to Ray and Dave and was able to make an appoitment. They were able to work around my schedule and got everything done in a timly manner! I would recommend this to anyone great service with a smile and very friendly. This shop honestly cares about their customers!

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Ray towed our truck when the fuel pump went while driving, he was more than happy to tow our truck from Masthope to our house in Dingmans Ferry. Ray and his sons and employees do great body work and mechanical work in general.

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