Should you be concerned after hitting a curb.? At the least, you might have a scratched hubcap. However, your car might also have sustained damage that will manifest itself further down the road. We’ll explain the potential ramifications of a seemingly minor curb bump.
What to Do After Hitting a Curb
Hitting a curb at speeds of just 5–10 mph is enough to cause significant damage. Even if the impact feels insignificant, you should still pull over to assess the damage. Check the tire, especially the sidewall, for damage. Even if the wheel looks fine, save for some scuffs, we still recommend bringing in your car for inspection.
Possible Damage from Hitting a Curb
- Tire misalignment: A curb impact can mess with the tire alignment. Even a slight misalignment can affect the steering and suspension. Damage to the latter can also affect the shocks and steering wheel rod.
- Tire rod damage: Hitting a curb could damage the tie rods, which connect the wheels and steering wheel. A damaged tie rod will compromise steering, especially on wet and icy roads.
- Damaged control arm: The control arm enables upward and downward motion of the suspension while keeping the spindles and axles in place. A compromised control arm leads to excessive vibration in the steering wheel.
- Damaged wheel bearing: the wheel bearing is susceptible to damage from the abrupt force of hitting a curb. If you notice a jitter when turning the wheel, then you may have a damaged bearing.
We Inspect for Damage from a Curb Impact
Bring your car to Chuck’s Auto Repair if you hit a curb, even if the impact is relatively minor. Our tire service includes an inspection of the entire wheel. Hitting a curb might not seem like a big deal, but the hidden damage can gradually affect how the car handles.
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