Toledo repair shop keeping busy with pothole damaged cars

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Pothole scattered streets are taking their toll on drivers in Toledo.

"[It's] pretty bumpy," said Jeremy Feeback of Ottawa Hills. "[It] depends which one you hit. You try to avoid the big ones. If you go over the small ones—you just gotta' be careful not to him them all."

With the absence of snow, city crews are working 10 hour shifts to catch-up on street repair.

For drivers in west Toledo, those craters can't be patched soon enough.

"When I hit a pothole I feel like my whole car is going to rattle and break," said Amanda Glassford of Toledo. "I'm trying to dodge and bob and weave and they're trying to and it's scary. I have a Jeep and I'm afraid. I can only imagine the little cars."

At Hasty's service center on Dorr Street mechanics are seeing plenty of pothole damaged cars.

"Usually it'll bend the rim," said mechanic Jeff Strayer. "That usually goes first and after that it can take on a lower control arm or tie rod ends."

When 13abc stopped by Strayer was busy fixing a bad wheel bearing on a Buick Rendezvous. He says repairs like those can cost drivers upwards of $400.

While it may be hard to avoid the potholes, the veteran mechanic says keeping your tires properly inflated is a good way to limit the damage.

"If you have a low tire and you hit a pothole you're probably going to do more damage, but just try to avoid them," said Strayer. "That's all you can do."

If you see a street that you think needs attention, contact Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020.