Watch Out for That Pothole! | Maple Street Auto Repair

Watch Out for That Pothole! | Maple Street Auto Repair

If you have the misfortune to hit a pothole, call Tracy’s Automotive for help.

It’s been a rough winter in Wichita not only for humans but also for area roads which show their stress by forming potholes.

“A recent summary report from national transportation research nonprofit TRIP found that 40 percent of U.S. roadways—encompassing highways, arterials, and local roads—are in poor or mediocre condition, and the result of this is an average cost to the single driver of $621 per year for vehicle repair and maintenance. When you consider the total number of drivers in the United States, that few hundred dollars per driver tallies up to $141 billion overall,” according to adds, “Potholes are … a ubiquitous occurrence nationwide. Potholes are actually caused, for the most part, by the conflation of water absorption, freeze-thaw cycles, heat, and good old wear and tear, which makes every city, county, and state in America ripe for their development.”

It’s the damage they can cause to a vehicle that makes them more than merely irritating.

Geico Insurance explains: “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. … 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. … If a wheel is bent, it won’t roll smoothly. Also, the airtight seal between the tire and the wheel could be compromised. …

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.”

If you do hit a pothole, pull over and check to see if there are any obvious signs of damage. If your car starts acting funny or does have damage, it’s time to find a trusted Wichita auto repair expert to fix the damage. If you don’t have a regular Wichita auto repair and auto care technician you can trust, call the reliable auto repair specialists at 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 – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.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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