Potholes Taking A Toll On Vehicles

By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Mechanics at Lloyd’s Auto Repair in St. Paul are busy fixing cars that have been damaged by pot holes.

Owner Dan Burns says they are seeing everything from flat tires, to bent wheels and suspensions that have been knocked out of alignment.

Burns says some of the newer cars are more vulnerable because they have low-profile tires.

“They are not very tall, so there’s not very much air between the edge of the pothole and the wheel and it bends the wheel,” he said.

Burns says try to avoid hitting pot holes, but if you must, slow down.

If you’ve hit a pot hole and you are wondering if you’ve done damage, Burns says you can look for signs, such as a steering wheel that vibrates, or a steering wheel that’s not straight.

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  • dunnski57

    Those are called Pawt-holes after our miserly former governor.

    • bumpyride

      good one ’57’!

  • Micah Horn

    MN DOT really just needs to replace the whole infrastructure. The road systems weren’t meant to last this long. They just keep paving over the old crappy roads, what’s next? When will we learn? What we really need is to bring back the trolleys that the tire tycoon took away back in the 20’s. The roads are always going to be bad, but this is getting ridiculous, when are our roads really going to get better?

  • 5-String

    I just blew out a tire because of a pothole last night on 78th Street between 12th ave and Portland Ave. The hole is at least an inch deep.

  • Shannon

    I just hit the same one and blew out my tire…did you report it?

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