Is My Car Okay if I Hit a Curb or Pothole?

Is My Car Okay if I Hit a Curb or Pothole?

| By: James & Christina Guzman, Christian Brothers Automotive Hutto

Hitting a curb or pothole in Hutto, Texas may be more serious than you think.

No one is perfect when it comes to driving, and every so often we hit a curb or a serious pothole. Since curbs and potholes can sometimes be unavoidable in Hutto, Texas, it’s important to understand what the potential damages are to your vehicle when this happens to you. This includes:

  • Aesthetics;
  • Alignment; and
  • Damaged car parts such as shocks/struts, tie rods, ball joints, control arms, steering knuckles, sway bar links and/or power steering racks

Often times, the first thing people do when they hit a curb or pothole is look for aesthetic damage such as dents or scratches. Regardless if there is visual damage or not, hitting a curb or pothole can cause other underlying mechanical problems not obvious to the trained eye such as damage to the alignment or other car parts.


Proper alignment not only ensures a smooth and safe ride, but prolongs the life of your tires, suspension and steering components. Large bumps can easily knock your vehicle out of alignment. You may notice your vehicle is pulling to the left or right or your steering wheel is not completely centered when you’re traveling straight. These small things can not only make your drive less enjoyable but can cause your tires to wear unevenly. Uneven tire wear can force you to replace your tires prematurely or worse, cause a blowout.

Damage to Car Parts

A simple pop over a curb could damage critical parts and components that are essential to the functionality of your vehicle. You want to be sure your vehicle’s suspension components are in proper working order, not only to keep you safe but to save you money! These parts include:

  • Shocks/Struts
  • Tie Rods
  • Ball Joints
  • Control Arms
  • Steering Knuckles
  • Sway Bar Links
  • Power Steering Racks

Get A Courtesy Inspection at Christian Brothers Automotive Hutto

Whether you accidentally misjudged the distance between your car and the curb, or hit a pothole on a bumpy country road, our ASE certified technicians can put your mind at ease with a courtesy car inspection.

Our courtesy inspection here at Christian Brothers Automotive in Hutto is free of charge and it is designed to assess each of your vehicle’s major systems, including:

  • Alignment
  • Steering and Suspension Components
  • Tires

We will never recommend work that is unnecessary and we are committed to keeping you, your family and your vehicle safe.

We invite you to stop by our full-service auto repair shop on Highway 79 in Hutto for an honest and comfortable auto repair experience. Just look for the big orange hippo!

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