All is Not OK After a Minor Crash
There’s More than Meets the Eye
We’ve all been involved in those minor crashes. A dented bumper, maybe a smashed up mirror, a headlight that is busted… they seem like easy fixes. Swap the part and you’re back on the road, right? Maybe not.
There’s a whole lot more to a crash than what you can see. Sometimes it is just a little superficial damage, but more often than not the problems run deeper. As the best collision repair center in Billings, we want you to be driving a safe vehicle. Here are a few things to look out for after a minor car crash.
Batteries are pretty secure inside of your vehicle. But even small jolts, like a minor fender bender, can knock something loose. The problem is that the batteries have a lot of power, and it will take a while for them to die.
After a small crash, if you begin noticing that your car is harder to start, or the battery mysteriously dies, there is a high chance that the impact knocked a wire or two loose.
Flickering Dashboard Lights
The vehicle’s electric and computer components are able to withstand normal rough roads. But not sudden impacts. What will often happen after an impact is that there are problems internally that you can’t see. The warning lights are designed to alert you to the problem, but sometimes they don’t reset right away.
Flickering check engine lights (and other warning lights) can be the result of a computer that’s trying to warn you about a problem, but the damage hasn’t manifest itself entirely yet.
As vehicles age, they will often develop leaks. Hoses dry out and crack, threads wear out, and components leak a little bit. After an impact if you notice new leaks, there’s an indication of bigger problems.
With front end collisions, the radiator can get jostled enough to nick a hose, or loosen a connection. A slow leak will never get better; it will get worse over time. Any new fluid on the floor means you need to get the vehicle in right away to have it looked over.
Wheel Alignment Issues
A vehicle that is slightly out of alignment will pull to the side. Bigger issues show up as shaking, vibrating, or wobbling at different rates of speed. Alignment problems can lead to severe tire tread wear that may ultimately cause another crash.
A bumper to bumper collision likely won’t result in alignment issues, but side impacts can. After driving away from a minor crash, pay close attention to how your vehicle pulls, handles, and feels. If it doesn’t seem right, get it checked out.
Big Sky Collision Center Wants Safe Vehicles
Our goal as an auto body shop in Billings is to ensure that you’re driving a vehicle that is safe for the roads. If that means you’ve been involved in a minor collision and you want to repair it yourself, go for it! Just pay attention to these warning signs so that you don’t end up with further problems (or severe crashes) somewhere down the road).
Of course, we welcome you to our shop. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to learn more or to set up an appointment.