Car Care Council Warms Motorists Against Potholes

By: Anthony Fontanelle

The Car Care Council has been providing information to motorists on how to take care of their vehicles for years now. The council recently advised motorists to be careful about hitting potholes on roads. This is to take care of their vehicles which can be considered as an investment on the part of the motorists.

The Auto Channel reported recently that the Car Care Council has published different signs that motorists should watch out for. These signs are indications that their vehicle has been damaged by a pothole.

One of the first signs that motorists should look out for according to the Car Care Council is the loss of control of one's car. Apart from being hard to control, vehicles which bottom out on city streets and bounce excessively on unpaved roads can also be those which have gotten some pothole damage. These indications mean that the steering system as well as the suspension system has been damaged.

Having a damaged suspension or steering system is not good as they are very important in keeping the vehicle in line. According to the Car Care Council: "The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine your car's ride and handling. Key components are shocks and/or struts, the steering knuckle, ball joints, the steering rack/box, bearings, seals and hub units and tie rod ends."

Another indication that a ride through a pothole has ruined your vehicle is that it pulls you into one direction. You can also see if there is something wrong with your vehicle if its tires wear unevenly. Uneven tire wear could mean a misalignment of the tires. This could be the result of hitting a pothole forcefully. Such impact will sometimes loosen the tie rod ends thus changing the alignment of the wheels. Having the wheels in proper alignment is very important in keeping the vehicle in good contact with the road.

Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council, said: "Every driver knows what it feels like to hit a pothole. What they don't know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process. If you've hit a pothole, it's worth having a professional technician check out the car and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability."

The tips offered by the Car Care Council should be taken into consideration by motorists. It is recommended that motorists should consult their trusted technicians if they experience the indications published by the Car Care Council as potholes can wreak havoc even on high quality .

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