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SOURCE Car Care Council
BETHESDA, Md., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Winter is pothole season and this year, they are packing a powerful punch. After hitting a pothole, most drivers wonder, "Is my car OK?" While the tires and wheels can be visually inspected, there could be damage to the steering, suspension and alignment systems that you just can't see. To help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged your vehicle, watch for the following warning signs provided by the Car Care Council.
"Snow, cold temperatures and rainfall can lead to potholes, and with the wintery weather that has covered most of the country this year, navigating the streets could be difficult," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "If you've hit a pothole and suspect that there may be damage to the tires, wheels, steering and suspension or wheel alignment, it's worth having a professional technician check out the car and make any necessary repairs."
As a general rule of thumb, steering and suspension systems should be checked at least once a year and wheels should be aligned at the same interval. Motorists who live in areas where potholes are common should be prepared to have these systems checked more frequently.
Potholes occur during the winter and spring months, when water permeates the pavement – usually through a crack from wear and tear of traffic – and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council's Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.
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