Every vehicle has a suspension system for it. The suspension is the part that holds the vehicle up, absorbs bumps, and allows it to steer. For the most part these systems wear out slowly, and with proper maintenance and periodic inspection they can be expected to experience only small, incremental problems. Sometimes the suspension will fail suddenly and dramatically and the vehicle will in effect fall down. This can be a couple of inches, until metal touches metal, and sometimes all the way only one or more wheels. This sort of sudden failure results when a spring or other weight-bearing part breaks, and is referred to as a collapse.
Potholes and rough roads take a big toll on vehicles. Especially the steering and suspension components. Hitting curbs, railroad tracks, or speed bumps can all cause damage. Potholes form when moisture seeps through small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to thawing and freezing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually chunks out, creating in a pothole.
There are some tips to help reduce the damage a pothole might cause. The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure tires have enough tread and are properly inflated by checking the doorjamb or owner’s manual, not the psi listed on the tire.
In the spring, you might notice the potholes that have developed on the roads. Water gets into cracks in the road surface, freezes overnight and expands. When this happens, potholes will start to develop. Heavy traffic can also increase the chance for potholes to form on the roadways, since the pavement is already weak.
Make sure that the tires on your vehicle are correctly inflated. If you are not sure what the correct amount should be, make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual. This way they will be at the amount indicated by the manufacturer. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. Tires that are properly inflated are able to handle going over a pothole better than those that are under inflated or over inflated.