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316-788-1641 | 772 N Baltimore Derby, KS 67037

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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7cwIAjPAi0. 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 lived in Derby for 25 years before moving to Florida. Brad and the gang at D&B have always been honest with us when we needed work done on our cars. My mother is still there and continues to use them. Recently we had to purchase a new vehicle for her and Brad was amazing helping us get the new vehicle checked out. It's difficult when you aren't right there, but they went above and beyond in the Service Department!!! They are honest and really good people! When you need something done or help they always go the extra mile! They really treat you like family and knowing we have Brad there to help my mother and watch over her cars helps us to sleep better at night. It's a great business!

, 05/04/2020

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Appointment was made one week in advance the shop got the car right in as scheduled. The correctly diagnosed the problem and called with estimate on the cost for repairs and requested approval to fix. The vehicle was repaired the same day and the total invoice was less than the estimate. The owners and staff are very knowledgeable and very customer service oriented. I would give them an A plus rating based on my experience and will definitely be a return customer.

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I have had brake repair and oil change service at D&B Service Center. On both visits I was treated in a timely and professional manner. The service estimate was very accurate with no surprises.

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D&B is awesome! Brad is honest, helpful, and very knowledgeable! A true Derby homegrown business!

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I brought my car here to get some new tires put on it. They were reasonably priced. The staff was nice and extremely helpful and informative. I highly recommend them.

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These guys are honest, do good work, and are friendly. Refreshing to find a car repair service like this, they are the best.

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