Drivers in the U.S. can spend at least $3 billion annually because of car damage caused by crumbling roadways, according to a recent AAA survey. And while the need to replace tires and wheels is usually obvious, steering and chassis components may need attention, too.
Left unrepaired these issues can lead to poor handling, premature wear and potentially unsafe operating conditions.
“A bulge in your tire or a bent rim are obvious signs of pothole damage but chassis damage isn’t always visible at first glance,” says John Latner, technical training manager for ACDelco. “Drivers should not delay taking their vehicle to a mechanic if they notice vibrations, or clunking and grinding noises. Those can be signs of steering suspension damage and a possible safety issue.”
AAA estimates drivers will experience pothole-related vehicle damage that will cost between $250 and $1,000 to fix.
The most frequently damaged chassis parts are steering and suspension parts, such as bushings, control arms, ball joints, tie rods, shock absorbers and struts. To meet growing demand for chassis components, ACDelco has added more than 1,400 parts to its product lineup, including 500 this year and 900 in 2017. New parts include more than 200 bushings and more than 100 control arms.
“ACDelco Professional chassis products are designed, engineered and tested to deliver first-time fit, form and function,” says Craig Rombach, OE brakes and chassis product specialist for ACDelco. “All our chassis parts are rigorously tested for impact, wear and fatigue, and carry competitive warranties.”
For more information on ACDelco parts, visit www.acdelco.com.