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Published March 14, 2013, 05:12 PM

Potholes are wreaking havoc on tires in the Metro

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- They are a familiar, but annoying, sign of spring. Melting ice and potholes are wreaking havoc on tires in the F-M area.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- They are a familiar, but annoying, sign of spring.

Melting ice and potholes are wreaking havoc on tires in the F-M area.

Ice melting and re-freezing has caused ice dams to form at the end of some driveways in town. It's a little misleading because of the puddle, but take a look - this ridge is inches deep. That is not good for a car to come barreling through.

(driving, splash)

Many of us know that feeling. Your tire slams into a pothole, you cringe, hoping it didn't do too much damage.

Lydia: "I dodge them. My brother-in-law hit a pothole and got a flat tire with his car. I don't want to do that."

But in this spring weather, another obstacle on the roads can be just as damaging.

(driving, splash big puddle)

Paul Anderson: "The ice dams created from the freezing and thawing this time of the year can act just like a pothole in the road. The ice is sharp enough and it is solid enough that it will do damage just like the asphalt or concrete will."

Paul Anderson at Fargo Tire Service says they see many tire issues in the spring. And it's not just flat tires, alignment problems, and even damage to tie-rods and steering can come from potholes and ice.

His advice - get an alignment check. If the alignment gets knocked out of whack, it can quickly wear down your tires.

Anderson: "You can also ruin some of the suspension parts by not having the alignment in alignment."

Avoiding potholes and ice in the first place is your best bet. But when you have no choice but to run it over, take it slow.

Lydia: "If you're too late, then brake.There's nothing worse than hitting them going like 30."

Many people have to replace their tires this time of year. And tire warranties generally don't cover damage from alignment problems.

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