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Pot Holes


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     Potholes. Each year the city of Toronto repairs over 40,000 of them. Experts claim they occur when water seeps under the asphalt and freezes. This freezing action loosens the material enough so it can be easily damaged by traffic. Cars and pot hole donít mix. The damage to suspension components and tires keep a lot of shops busy when spring rolls around. To lessen the damage- some advice. If you canít avoid hitting a pothole donít hit the brakes.
     The braking action has a tendency to compress the springs in the suspension and will reduce the amount of travel available to absorb the impact. Grasp the steering wheel firmly and drive over. Make sure your tires set at the right pressure. An under-inflated tire will collapse under load and ether sustain a cut or allow the rim to be bent. According to some experts you can sue the city for damage to your vehicle caused by bad road conditions. Email or fax your cityís clerk with 7 days of the incident. Get estimates and pictures. You will have to go to small claims court to collect. That is if they donít settle.