According to AAA, potholes have cost U.S. drivers $15 billion during the past five years, which adds up to about $3 billion annually.
When your vehicle goes into a pothole the strut fully extends, pushing your tire into the pothole. This is not a normal driving condition for a strut. Then the whole brunt and wight of the impact comes down and the strut is not designed for that. After this happens repeatedly the strut becomes damaged. A damaged strut does not absorb impact as it should and the impact is absorbed by the tire or rim.
Most of today's tires are low profile so there is less absorption in the sidewall therefore the rim will take the brunt of the impact most likely causing it to crack or bend.
With the condition of the roads here in the county after the extremely wet winter it is advised to have your struts, tires, wheel, front end components & alignment checked.
Give us a call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com to schedule an appointment for an inspection.
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