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Car Repairs May be Necessary after Central Ohio Storms

WEST COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- The historically severe winter storms are expected to create even more potholes around central Ohio, and that could put car tires at risk.

"It doesn't take a whole lot. You can throw the alignment out," said Steve Foster of Boyd's Hilliard Goodyear.

Boyd said it is important to pick up on the signs that your car is in need of maintenance. For one example, if the steering wheel vibrates or if the car seems to start drifting to one side, it could be time to go to the shop.

He said that drivers should also have their tires rotated with every oil change. 

"An evenly worn tread...will not only help your alignment, it will preserve the life of the tire," Boyd said.

Ice chunks can also cause damage. Ones that stick to the car can weaken the struts and the shocks.

"There's no way you're going to avoid them all, so if you notice it's pulling to the left or the right, get it in because a set of tires is not inexpensive," Boyd said.

Finally, he recommended having the car aligned every 12,000 miles -- but motorists may want to wait until spring.

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