Did you know that most Volkswagen vehicles are named after oceanic currents and prevailing winds?For instance, the VW Golf is named after the Gulf Stream and Passat is a German term for trade winds.
However, a VW was not made for driving on rough roads, potholes will cause damage to the VW wheels, tire, suspension, shocks and struts. Entering a pothole with a VW will also cause the wheel to be bent cracked or buckles or tires with lumps or cut.
But the most important damage that you can not see affect the shocks and struts causing bouncing or sliding when driving.Here are few things to look out for when your car is damaged by a pothole.
1.The first and most obvious sign you have pothole damage is your tires. If you’ve hit a dent in the street, inspect your car right away. If it isn’t obvious you have a flat already, your tire’s sidewall may have a bulge or you may have a small, slow-leaking puncture. Both problems need to be addressed while the car is still drivable.
2. Bent rims are another sign that you hit that pothole a little harder than you thought. Most newer cars have aluminum-based rims, where older models could have steel rims. The harder you hit that hole, the more likely it is that you bent your tire rim. Be sure to check the inside lip of the wheel for damage also.
3. If you feel your car swaying when turning or “bottoming out” when you hit a bump, it may mean problems with your shocks or struts. Shocks and struts absorb the bounce of your car as it drives down the road. They act as a cushion so your car doesn’t drive
like a bouncing ball. Potholes can prematurely wear down shocks and struts and make your next pothole experience even worse if they are not properly maintained.
4. Hitting a pothole can cause damage to your undercarriage as well. You may be unaware after a quick damage check, but potholes can cause leaks and tears to all those pipes underneath your car. Even if you don’t see any problems with your own eyes, if you hit a large pothole, you may want an auto repair mechanic to inspect underneath your car to avoid any bigger problems that may arise.
5. Finally, and this is an easy one, if your car is making any sort of odd noise after hitting a pothole, take it in for inspection. The hole could have nicked your exhaust system.
potholes can cause damage to your VW that you may not be able to see. Some damage is quite obvious; a flat tire or a loud noise. But to save your car from the woes of pothole damage, take it into Universal Shocks for an inspection as soon as you can after you’ve hit one.
Call us today we have quality parts shocks and struts for your VW vehicle.