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Does Your Vehicle Have Pothole Damage?

A pothole can be your vehicle’s worst enemy.  After a rough Minnesota winter, potholes are all over the roads. These holes or pits on a road’s surface can seriously damage a vehicle’s ride control system.

If you are constantly driving over potholes, we recommend that you have your car’s shocks or struts checked to make sure they aren’t damaged.
Shocks and struts control how your vehicle rides and handles. The shock absorbers, or struts as they are referred to on late-model vehicles, act as a cushion to dampen the bouncing action of a vehicle’s springs. The springs absorb the road bumps and without them the vehicle would continually bounce and bound down the road, making driving extremely difficult.

Shocks and struts also control spring and suspension movement to keep the tires in contact with the road. This affects steering, stability and braking. A broken shock or strut could alter the steering and handling of a vehicle and create driving dangers. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs that your vehicle’s shocks or struts may need to be replaced.

•The vehicle rolls or sways on turns.
•The vehicle’s front-end dives when braking.
•The vehicle’s rear end squats when accelerating.
•The vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road.
•The vehicle “bottoms out” or thumps on bumps.
•The vehicle sits lower in the front or rear.
•The vehicle is leaking or has signs of physical damage, such as rusting or dents.
•There’s a loss of directional control during sudden stops of the vehicle.
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Many components affect the way a vehicle handles. Have your car inspected by one of our professionals if you experience any of the signs above.  It is good preventive maintenance and can help its parts wear less and last longer, costing you less in the long run.

Don’t hesitate to call one of our shops if you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule your appointment!

Maplewood – (651) 489-9455
1728 Rice St.
Maplewood, MN 55113

Hugo – (651) 407-3611
5241 130th St. N.
Hugo, MN 55038

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