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Potholes Destroy Wheels, Keep Repair Shops Busy

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Pothole plagued roads tear apart driver's cars, as mechanics work to mend more than a dozen destroyed wheels each day.

"It's extremely bad this year. It doesn't matter what lane you go in, you're still going to hit a pothole," said Debbie Clark.

Rough roads wrecked parts on Clark's car, which forced her to bring it in for repair.

"When I took it in, they said I had two belts broken on both front tires. They said, more than likely, it's from potholes that you can't miss," she said.

On top of fixing the belts, Clark must replace all four tires. It's costing her a headache and more than $500.

Discount Tire Store Manager Don Sweet said this season's already worse than normal. From flat tires to car vibrations and damaged wheels, workers have seen a recent repair rise.

"A lot of them are saying, 'My truck or my car is being towed in, will you take a look at it for us?'" Sweet said. 

Workers have stayed busy following Thursday's thaw and even scheduled more mechanics.

"After the winter that we just had, the one we're experiencing, we're going to see a lot more [potholes] pop up," Sweet said.

As more potholes pop up, workers at Discount Tire expect business to stay busy.

Mechanics remind drivers to also be proactive. They recommend drivers check their tire's air pressure and pay attention when they're out on the roads.

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