Potholes are the enemy of vehicles. There are numerous car part damages are attributed to potholes, as reported by Nigerian mechanics. Unluckily, potholes are part of Nigerian roads, so the only solution is to live in harmony with them. Below, we list 5 parts of your car that most likely to get damaged by potholes and propose some ways to minimize the impacts.
Potholes are enemies of all vehicles
Of course they are, as tyres are the parts that directly touch the road surfaces. When encountering a pothole, they definitely become easily damaged by the rough edges of the pothole which can cause flats, tread separation or sidewall bulges to the tyres.
The rough edges of the potholes can cause flats, tread separation or sidewall bulges to the tyres
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Potholes with hard angles are disasters to the wheels because the carmakers still do not seem to design the wheels with the ability to deal with this hard task. Faced with hard angles, the car wheels usually get bent or cracked, which brings the car owner a real headache to decide how to repair them.
Faced with hard angles, the car wheels usually get bent or cracked
The suspensions in a car are equipped to reduce the impacts and occupant can enjoy smooth rides. However, under detrimental impacts of potholes, the suspensions may run into some problems such as failed ball joints, damaged struts or shocks, and misalignment. Common symptoms of a damaged suspension include your car is inclined to one side, the steering wheel feels off center, or the tyres wear unevenly. You can see 5 signs showing that you need to replace the suspension in this article.
Because car exhaust pipes are normally exposed along the car undercarriage, it is really hard for it to handle a deep pothole without serious damages. The most likely result caused by this bitter offender may be a hole in your pipes. To detect your pipe’s damage, see if the car is experiencing raucous sounds or loss of power.
To detect your pipe’s damage, see if the car is experiencing raucous sounds or loss of power
5. The body
Some may not consider it a big deal if their car body can get damaged by potholes because they hardly can affect performance or safety of a car. However, it is a nuisance for those who really care about their car’s appearance.
There is some ways to protect your car from potholes, you can try:
- Inflating your tires correctly
- Keeping a suitable distance from your car to others’ so that you can spot the appearance of potholes
- High speeds make heavier damages to cars, so drive with low speeds.