Rapid, steep temperature swings between brutal cold and spring-like warmth. Torrential rains, ice and snow. Typical conditions for the dregs of winter and early spring in East Tennessee? Yes, but these are also conditions that produce potholes in our roads. And pothole season is upon us, so watch out while driving.
Potholes can flatten tires, damage wheels, struts, shock absorbers and suspension systems and throw vehicles out of alignment. On Interstates or busy municipal thoroughfares, potholes can even cause traffic pileups. So it's best to take a proactive approach to avoiding them.
To keep your vehicle safe from potholes, before you drive, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Tires inflated to the correct pressure ar ...[more]
A suspension system keeps your vehicle from rocking, swaying or bouncing while allowing the steering system to guide the wheels independently of the vehicle’s frame. The suspension system also makes driving a pleasant and comfortable experience, instead of a scary and painful undertaking, by helping ensure that your car doesn’t bounce off the road when it hits a bump.
When your tires run over a bump, much of your car’s forward energy is directed vertically, pushing it upward. But the suspension system absorbs and redirects that upward thrust, keeping the tires on the ground and responsive to your steering.
However, absorbing that energy takes a toll on the springs, struts, shock absorbers and joints that make u ...[more]