Life on our Canadian roads comes with its own set of challenges. Harsh winters and humid summers make it inevitable that you'll come into contact with a pothole or two. Even the most careful drivers can be caught off guard by a cleverly camouflaged pothole.
Even minor pothole damage can quickly grow into a big problem. If there's no evident damage after a pothole encounter, it's still a good idea to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible. Timely servicing can mean the difference between a quick fix and a large repair bill.
Some of the more common types of damage from potholes include steering misalignment, bent rims, and tire puncture. Fortunately, the trained technicians a Wood Wheaton GM Supercentre can handle it all.

How Potholes Can Damage Your Vehicle

Whether you’ve run into one large pothole, or your vehicle is experiencing problems due to encounters with several smaller potholes, damage can usually be found in and around a vehicle’s tires, rims, shocks and struts, suspension, steering, exhaust system, and engine. That’s a pretty big list.

Here are some of the services Wood Wheaton offers to help identify and repair any lasting damage that occurs due to potholes:

  • Tire repair
  • Tire rotation
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Full alignment check and service

Look for the Telltale Signs of Pothole Damage

Not sure if your vehicle has pothole damage? Here are a few of the signs to look for:

Tires: Check the sidewalls for bulging. Sidewall bulging means that there’s an area of weakness, which might cause a full tire blow-out. It’s important to get this looked at as soon as possible.

Exhaust System: If you’ve recently had a run-in with a pothole, have you noticed any strange new sounds from your vehicle? If so, it could mean that a part of your exhaust system is damaged, and needs to be checked out. Exhaust repairs can get expensive, so it’s best to get it inspected quickly.

Rims: Aluminum alloy rims are common, since they help with cost and weight reduction. Although there are many benefits to this type of rim, they’re vulnerable to dents, which means they can easily be bent by a pothole.

Undercarriage: Hitting a pothole can cause damage to various areas of your vehicle’s undercarriage, especially if it sits lower to the ground. Some common problems include punctures, abrasions that can lead to rust, wear, and fluid leaks.

Top Tips for Pothole Prevention

In Canada, potholes are a fact of life. You may not be able to avoid every pothole in the road, but by using these simple tips, you can help prevent damage:

  • Make sure your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure. Remember, it can be just as harmful to have too much air in your tires as it is to have too little.
  • Turn your vehicle into a tailgating-free zone. Making sure you don’t follow the vehicle ahead of you too closely allows you to spot problems and react ahead of time, rather than making evasive manoeuvres at the last minute.
  • Watch out for puddles! Potholes often get flooded due to rain or melting snow, which makes them look like relatively harmless shallow puddles – until it’s too late.
If you’ve had a run-in with a pothole, come and see us at Wood Wheaton GM Supercentre. Our skilled technicians are trained to repair pothole damage, and we’ll have you back on the road in no time.