In the spring, potholes can become quite common on the roads. If the vehicle hits a pothole, it can result in some damage. The suspension, alignment, and tires can all be damaged when encountering a pothole. By driving a bit slower, you might be able to avoid a pothole. This is because you will have distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so you can notice a pothole coming up. It is important to remember not to speed up, as this will only make the damage worse. It is also recommended to avoid large puddles. These puddles can conceal potholes, some of which could be large enough to do severe damage. If you notice that the vehicle pulls in one direction or another after hitting a pothole, it could mean that it is out of alignment. There might also be a feeling of the vehicle bottoming out or having an excessive bounce to it. This could result from a steering and suspension issue that occurred from hitting the pothole. By having the vehicle properly aligned, you can help to improve the handling of the vehicle when you drive. Make sure to Inspect the Tires The tires should be inspected on a regular basis. It is also important to check them after hitting a pothole. Make sure to check the amount of air pressure in the tires. This can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. Another spot to find the correct air pressure amount is on a sticker on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. This can help to ensure the tires are inflated to the correct amount for the vehicle. Also do a visual inspect of the tires to make sure there are no cracks or puncture marks. This could cause them to leak air over time. We can also inspect the tires to ensure they are in the best condition possible. Drive with Caution on the Roads While driving, make sure to look ahead on the road for any potholes. By noticing them as soon as possible, the can hopefully be avoided. If you have to swerve or change lanes to avoid a pothole, make sure to check the traffic around you. This can help to prevent an accident or collision. If a pothole cannot be avoided, make sure to slow down safely. Do not brake instantly if a vehicle is directly behind you. Hitting a pothole at a slower speed can help to reduce the damage to the suspension, tires, and alignment. Notice anything unusual from the Vehicle If you notice anything out of the norm for the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect it for what the issue might be. We can inspect the shock absorbers to ensure they are still in an efficient working condition. If there is a change in the way the vehicle handles, make sure to bring it to our attention. It could indicate that there are bad shocks or struts on the vehicle.
The wheels are one of the most important parts of the vehicle. This is because the tires are the only part that will connect the vehicle to the surface of the road. Making sure the tires are maintained is important. This can help to increase the grip and stability you have on the road. It can also help to improve the handling of the vehicle when you drive. Make sure that the tires are checked regularly to ensure the proper amount of air pressure is in them when you drive. Under inflated or over inflated tires can lead to other issues with your vehicle. It could cause the vehicle to become less fuel-efficient as you drive. It can also lead to other problems with the wheels and other connecting parts. Also check the tread of the tires. If it is starting to wear unevenly or show signs of low tread, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the tires of the vehicle to make sure everything is in the best condition possible. An Alignment is important An alignment is an important part of vehicle maintenance. By having the tires aligned, you can help to increase the efficiency of the vehicle. You might need to have the vehicle aligned if you notice some steering or handling issues. If the vehicle starts to pull in one direction or another, make sure to make an appointment to bring it in. We can inspect it over for what the source of the issue could be. The alignment is also important for tie rods, steering links, or steering rack. By having the wheels aligned, you can help to improve the handling and traction. This can help to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. If the tires lean in or out when they rotate, it could cause an issue. Balancing the Tires is necessary The tires should also be checked on a schedule to see if they should be balanced. This is important because tires that are balanced can also wear correctly when they rotate when you drive. We can also help to recommend when the tires should be balanced. The tires need to wear correctly so the tread is the same all the way around the tire. If the tread has worn differently than the other tires, it could lead to an issue in the future. Other parts can start to wear and become an issue. By balancing the tires you can also help to ensure they make contact with the surface of the road correctly. Make sure to have the Tires Rotated One way to help preserve the life of the tires is to have them rotated. This can help to ensure that the tires are wearing evenly when they rotate. If one tire is starting to show more signs of wear than the others, bring the vehicle in. We can help to determine if a rotation should be needed. We can also help to set up a schedule that is beneficial for tire rotation.
One of the most important things you can do to help maintain the vehicle is to check the fluids. These help the vehicle to operate at peak performance. Without having the proper fluids in the vehicle, parts will start to wear sooner than they should. This can also result in a costly repair bill for the parts of your vehicle. If you are ever unsure of how much of each fluid should be in the vehicle, make sure to bring it in. We can help to recommend to you the level that each fluid should be at. By catching an issue early on, you can help to prevent a larger issue or more costly repair bill in the long run. Going to Regular Maintenances is important In order to help keep the vehicle at top efficiency, make sure to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. This way all parts and components can be inspected to see the condition they are in. Checking these are important because you can make sure that the parts are working effectively. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent further issues from forming. It can also help to keep the fluids up at the level recommended by the manufacturer. Also remember to inspect the tires to ensure they are in proper condition needed for driving on the winter roads. Having the right amount of tread is important to help them grip the road. This can improve the handling of your vehicle when driving on icy or wet roads. Top off the fluids before traveling Make sure to check the fluids before traveling. A line on each reservoir can indicate the correct amount you need of each fluid. By keeping the fluids at the proper amount, you can help to ensure that all parts of the vehicle will be working when they need to be. If you notice that you have to fill these fluids more frequently than normal, there could be a leak somewhere in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues that it might have. Fixing a leak early on can help to prevent issues with parts of the vehicle that could result in a costly repair bill. Do not forget about the Oil Another important fluid to check on the vehicle is the oil. Make sure to go to regular oil changes that are scheduled for the vehicle. Having new clean oil in the vehicle can help to lubricate the parts and components properly. It can help to have the engine run efficiently as well. Without oil, metal on metal parts can start to wear down quicker. It can also produce friction that will lead to issues in the vehicle. Having the oil changed can help to make sure the parts will be able to be efficient when operating. If you notice that the oil is getting low and you have to replace it often, there could be a leak. Make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can diagnose the issue. This can help to make sure you have a safe and reliable vehicle again.
When the tires are inspected, one of the most important things to do is to check the air pressure as well. Having the tires at the proper air pressure amount can add several benefits for your vehicle when traveling. Going to regular scheduled maintenances is important. We can inspect parts of the vehicle, such as the tires, to ensure that they are in proper working condition. This can help them to work effectively and efficiently. We can inspect the air pressure of the tires anytime you feel they might be losing air. It is important to have the tires looked at if the tire is going low often. This could be a sign there is an air leak in it somewhere. Provides better Handling on the Road By having the correct amount of air in the tires, you can help to improve the handling on the road when you drive. If the tires are over inflated, there will be less contact on the surface of the road. This can lead to poor stability when you drive. It could also mean that the tires would be more prone to pick up sharp objects or debris that might be in the road. Tires that are under inflated have the risk of blowing out. It could also cause the tires to wear unevenly. This will mean that the tires will have to be replaced sooner than normal. If the tires are not properly inflated, not only do they have the risk of a driving hazard, but it also could also lead to a high repair bill. This is because the tires may wear out long before they typically should. Improves the Fuel Efficiency of the Vehicle Having properly inflated tires can help to improve the fuel efficiency for the vehicle. This is because the tires will be able to rotate as needed. If the tires are under inflated or over inflated, more power and fuel is spent to have them rotate correctly. If you are unsure of what the correct air pressure should be for the tires, consult the vehicle owner’s manual. This can help to provide you the correct information. It can help to make sure you have a reliable and efficient vehicle for when you will need it. Along with improving the fuel efficiency, it can help to improve the efficiency of other nearby parts of the tires. These parts will not have to work as hard or long if the tire is at the proper air pressure level. Also check the Spare Tire when inspecting the other tires When you check the tires for the proper air pressure, also make sure to check the spare tire. The spare tire is an important part of the vehicle, but it is often forgot about. In order to have a properly working spare tire, make sure to check and maintain it like you do with the regular tires. Besides checking the air pressure, also make sure to check the tread and tire wear on it. If the tire is in bad condition, make sure to find a replacement as soon as possible.