Potholes can damage more than just tires

Mechanics are urging you to get your car checked out if you hit a pothole because there may be unseen damage to your vehicle.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 8:10 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2019 8:40 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Between the freezing and thawing we're seeing outside, it's pothole season. 

Mechanics are urging you to get your car checked out if you hit one because there may be unseen damage to your vehicle. 

"Two cars in my family have now been destroyed because of the potholes," said Joyce Winstel. 

Winstel heard the thump of her car hitting a pothole, and wrecked her brake lines. 

"It's a low car. The potholes were so deep, and it knocked all my brake lines outs," she said. 

Randall Cleveland with Jiffy Lube said this is the time of year they get calls for pothole damage, something that costs Americans anywhere between three and six million dollars a year. 

"If you can do so safely, avoid the pothole, but always be aware of those around you, those in front, and those behind," he said. 

For potholes on the road, you can call 311, but parking lots are privately learned. 

Hitting them can damage your tires, suspension, and even your catalytic converter. 

"If you're ever in doubt, get it checked out," Cleveland said. 

Cleveland said repairs can get expensive, though. 

"If it gets too expensive on you, just remember you can always use the collision portion of your insurance to file a claim and get your car fixed," he said. 

Joyce Winstel said she just hopes something is done about the problem. 

"Y'all need to get your potholes fixed."

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