When it comes to the underside of your car, which you call the undercarriage, most people ignore the damage caused by the elements they drive in. As drivers we tend to pay more attention to the outside of our vehicles than the underside of our vehicles. If you’re at a supermarket and you just parked and somebody opens the door into your car door, you automatically are aware that it may cause damage. However, coming out of that same supermarket with the exit having a sloped pavement and you scrape the bottom of your vehicle, it may sound horrible, but most people aren’t as aware what damage might be caused.

Here are 5 ways your vehicle’s undercarriage is being damaged:

Rock and Debris on The Road

Almost everyone has experienced it. Somehow a rock or some debris got in the road and you ran over it. This can really damage your undercarriage many ways. The biggest ways being your oil pan or muffler. Running over debris like this can cause holes, dents, cracks, or other damage that you may not know about until it’s too late.

Mud Damage

Mud is heavier than you think it is and sometimes contains rocks. Areas like the Pacific Southwest have rainy seasons and with rainy seasons comes mud. Mud can also stick to the undercarriage of your vehicle and causes rust. The mud can sometimes cling to your radiator and cause rust on the radiator. So be aware during those rainy seasons to get that mud off as soon as possible.

Worn Out Shocks

Shocks are there for stability for your vehicle. If your car is bouncing because of worn out shocks, your vehicle is likely to bounce into an item that can damage your vehicle. The bouncing doesn’t have to be that bad to bounce into something that will damage your car or truck.

Sloped Entries, Exits And Potholes

As I mentioned above, if you’re in a supermarket and you are exiting or entering, and the exit/entrance has a sloped pavement, you could scrape the undercarriage of your vehicle and cause damage. It doesn’t have to be in an exit or entry; there are a lot of slope paved areas that were either built improperly or just eroded over time. The same applies to pavement with potholes. Potholes are pretty dangerous to your undercarriage.

Damage From Salt

As Wisconsinites most of us have seen what salt can do to the outside of our vehicles, but it can also damage the undercarriage of your vehicle. The corrosion that salt causes can also erode the systems under your car and create extensive repairs.

These are just a few of the elements that can damage your vehicle’s undercarriage. If you just pay attention to these few things, you can keep your undercarriage protected and prevent future damage. Also, if you feel you need repairs because of these five elements, don’t hesitate to consult us and we can get you scheduled for repairs.