You’ve probably noticed by now, haven’t you? Potholes and bumpy roads throughout Edmonton. If you haven’t noticed, your vehicle certainly has. And it’s not just the potholes, it’s also all the gravel left over from the winter. Gravel that gets kicked up by trucks and flung right into your windshield. It’s definitely that season again, and your car will definitely appreciate having that pothole and window chip damage repaired, don’t you think?
You’ll appreciate driving with a suspension and shocks that aren’t cracked, rattling, and not protecting your vehicle properly. You’ll also like having those chips in your windows repaired, because it will prevent the chips from becoming window cracks spanning your entire windshield, and thus preserve your on-road visibility. That’s an entirely different problem, but thankfully, chips are easy to repair and your suspension is easy for us to check out here at Mayfield Toyota! Here’s what we recommend:
Get Your Shocks Checked
If little bumps on the road have started feeling like big bumps, then we should take a look at your shocks and suspension. Or maybe you’ve noticed a rattling as you drive over Edmonton’s bumpier residential roads? Even if you’re not noticing any difference, rough winter roads and potholes still could’ve caused subtle wear and tear that could turn into something worse next year. If you hit a pothole or suspect pothole damage might have occurred–no matter how minor–let us check it out and help save you from costlier repairs or replacements in the future.
Rotate and Rebalance
A tire rotation and rebalance ensures that any tire or steering misalignment are fixed. These issues are rather common after hitting potholes, and Mayfield Toyota will likely recommend this even if your shocks are in good shape. As important as your shocks are for preventing further damage to your vehicle, your tires are what holds you to the road in the first place. So let’s make sure they’re still pointing where you want them to: in the precise direction you turn your steering wheel towards! Speaking of your tires…
Let’s take a look at those tires too and make sure they’re in working shape, okay? When you ram into a pothole, your tire’s sidewall can bulge or be punctured. You’ll know if you’ve got a flat tire, but will you know if all these potholes have been causing your tires to wear prematurely and unevenly? This one’s more difficult to detect, and that’s why Mayfield Toyota has such a wonderful service centre. We’ll make sure your tires didn’t suffer from any damage, and that they’re still road-worthy for the long haul. We’ll also take a look at your rims, which could be aluminum-based and susceptible to dents and chips.
This is an easy one for us at Mayfield, just so long as you come in while the chips are still merely chips! A chip in your windshield is a quick fix, and it’ll prevent the chip from fracturing the glass further and becoming a full-blown crack streaking across your windshield, like the one shown below. This small preventative measure can save you a lot of money in the long run, and it’ll ensure your driving visibility is as uncompromised as possible.
Get a Vehicle Inspection
This is a comprehensive approach to diagnosing any issues with your vehicle. We’ll take a look for any dents or chips anywhere on your vehicle, and we’ll also check other systems that might’ve been damaged after a pothole incident (or two or three, considering what our city’s roads were like after the winter)! Potholes can damage your vehicle’s undercarriage too, which means possible fluid leaks. Or maybe you’ve noticed strange noises from your exhaust system? We’ll take a look, no problem!
So there you have it! How to get past pothole season in one piece. Let’s work together to fix Edmonton’s potholes. If you notice any potholes in our city, you can report them to the City of Edmonton here!