Ker-THUMP!! | Wichita Auto Repair

Ker-THUMP!! | Wichita Auto Repair

It’s pothole season. Tracy’s Automotive can help if your car suffers pothole damage.

Recent news stories highlighting a local Facebook group that focuses on potholes in south Wichita serve as notice that it’s pothole season again. Potholes, which can range from coin sized to, well, pond size, form when “when water seeps through cracks in the road. In colder climates, that water can freeze and push sections of pavement upward; the eventual thaw results in unsupported pockets. (In warmer climates, soil erosion under the road can cause weak spots.) The continual pressure of vehicles may cause these weak areas to collapse,” according to insurer Geico.

Potholes are especially prevalent in the spring time as thaws and showers wreak havoc on roadways. But some potholes seem to always be there, like monsters waiting to devour your car. And that’s the problem. Potholes would be a kind of abstract springtime thing if they didn’t cause massive damage to cars.

Geico notes that the damage pothole inflict can affect your tires, wheels, and suspension and/or steering:

  • Hitting a pothole can be jarring to your tires …. And if the force is great enough, the sudden shift of air inside the tire can cause the sidewall to blow out. … If the impact has caused your tire to lose air, the vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system … light will immediately go on. But even if the tire is holding air, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Look for any bulges sticking out of the side. They could be a sign of internal damage, which means you’re probably going to need to replace the tire.”
  • The hard angles of a pothole can also cause serious damage to your wheels. …  a wheel is bent, it won’t roll smoothly. Also, the airtight seal between the tire and the wheel could be compromised. … If there is visible damage, that wheel will most likely need to be replaced.”
  • If you notice your car pulling to the right or the left, the pothole might have bent one or more suspension or steering components out of alignment. Not only will that cause handling problems, but if you just had to spring for a brand new tire, a misaligned suspension will cause it to wear unevenly—and wear out prematurely. In that case, get your alignment checked.”

If  you’re looking for a Wichita auto care and auto repair specialist you can count on, call Tracy’s Automotive.

Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.

Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.

Tracy’s Automotive is a proud dealer for Jasper Engines and Vogue Performance Exhaust systems.

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