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937-848-3834 | 4370 W Franklin St Bellbrook, OH 45305

Hit a Pothole? Look for These Warning Signs

Hit a Pothole? Look for These Warning Signs



Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. The non-profit Car Care Council urges motorists to watch for three warning signs to help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged their vehicle.




  1. Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine a vehicle's ride and handling.


  2. Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.


  3. Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the vehicle and the road.



"If you've hit a pothole, it can be difficult to know if and to what extent your car has been damaged," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "It's a good idea to describe the symptoms to a professional technician who can then check out the vehicle and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability."



Potholes occur when water permeates the pavement - usually through a crack - 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.



To learn more, view the "Dangers of Potholes" video at YouTube. Produced in conjunction with AutoNetTV, this Car Care Council video explains the perils of potholes and how they can adversely affect a vehicle's handling and performance.



Source: Car Care Council



What Our Customers Are Saying

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We have taken our vehicles to Muffler Brothers in Bellbrook, and in Franklin, and have always been taken care of well. Prices are very reasonable, and they don't try to add extra things they think should be done. I was particularly impressed on our most recent experience where we took our minivan in because the sliding door had come off the track, leaving the door slightly open. Friday afternoon they called us to let us know that they couldn't perform the repair. They had also seen that a thunderstorm was coming, and they have moved it inside so it wouldn't get wet. We were not able to pick it up until the next morning, and when we arrived they had it running to charge the battery since the light had run it down. They charged us nothing for this. My overall experience is that they really take good care of their customers.

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Best shop in the area! Quality work with quality technicians! Doug always gives the Best Prices in town!

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Best garage I've ever used. They always find the simplest, least costly fix. A dealer spent all day troubleshooting an electrical issue, didn't find the problem, and told me not only that is have to bring my truck back, but that they would likely need multiple days to find the problem. Muffler Bros troubleshoot it and fixed in one day for less than the dealer charged for not even fixing it.

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Great service, worked up an estimate for insurance work, made sure everything was covered, and made the repairs in a timely fashion.

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Fast great service great sounding flowmaster put on.

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This is the only car repair shop that you can trust, plain and simple. They treat everyone with respect and do not try to up-sell anything. I can also attest (on my wife's behalf) that they don't take advantage of female customers.

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