Even if you and your vehicle made it through the black ice, snow squalls, and white-outs mostly unscathed, don’t forget to schedule a vehicle checkup with your friendly knowledgeable Brown Motors mechanic—especially if your car lives outside in the extreme cold or if you’ve been out driving on some of those worst days. Winter-related vehicle damage could still leave you stranded in weeks or months to come, or it might have adversely affected your car’s safety.
And what’s most damaging could still be there on your commute: potholes!
According to the Car Care Council, you should watch out for these issues, which might have resulted from pothole damage:
- Loss of control, swaying, or bottoming out. Any excessive motion, clunks, squeaks, or bouncing—or a feeling that you’re not completely in control? They’re all serious signs of steering or suspension damage.
- Pulling to the side or uneven wear. These both signal an improper alignment—something that needs to be taken care of right away to ensure safety.
- Low tire pressure, tire bulges, or dents to the rim. Tire-sidewall bulges are likely the result of impacts with curbs — they’re dangerous! Severe dents to the rim are also dangerous. If your tire pressure is low and you don’t see any other damage, you should still take the tire and wheel in for an inspection; at the very least, you might have damaged your valve stem when powering through snowbanks.
But that’s actually just the start. In the rapid freezes and thaws of winter, belts can crack, pulleys can work out of adjustment, hoses and gaskets can develop small leaks, and bushings that were fine in fall can emerge from winter hard and cracked. Do your routine oil and fluid checks a little more often in the coming weeks, but better yet don’t forget about routine maintenance.
Bring your vehicle into Brown Motors service department and let the experts keep you safe! A no appointment oil change & multi-point inspection will keep your vehicle running properly and keep you safe. You’ll get the best gas mileage from a properly maintained vehicle!
Happy Motoring from Brown Motors in Petoskey.