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Things to look for after a rear-end collision

Things to look for after a rear-end collision

Motor vehicle accidents are never fun, and unfortunately, you almost never see them coming. There are many factors that can lead to a rear-end collision, but one thing remains certain, you’re vehicle will almost always be left with some form of damage, even if you can’t see it. Obviously, when an accident occurs at a higher rate of speed there will be substantially more damage. But, even when a slow-moving accident occurs, leaving what may appear to be no damage, there are things you need to look for. At Pfaff Autoworks, we commonly see vehicles come through our doors that appear to have minimal damage until further examinations are performed. In this blog, we share some information about what things to look for after a rear-end collision. 

Alignment issues

One of the most common issues drivers will face after a rear-end collision are alignment issues. If you notice any changes to the way your car handles following a rear-end collisions, your alignment is most likely off. Some common symptoms of alignment issues are steering wobble, vibrations, and the vehicle pulling to one side. Poor alignment will cause tires, brakes, suspension, and other parts to be placed under additional stress, which will cause them to wear down more quickly. Alignment issues will not only cause your vehicle parts to wear down prematurely but can pose serious safety hazards. If your vehicle is suffering from alignment issues you should have it inspected immediately.

Trunk problems 

A clear sign that a rear-end collision has caused damage to your vehicle is issued with your trunk. Your trunk should open and close smoothly, if it does not, your vehicle has suffered damage and should be inspected by a professional. While your trunk opening and closing smoothly may not seem directly impact your driving, it can have a serious impact on resale, can pose serious safety concerns, and maybe a sign of other issues. Imagine you are driving down the highway and your trunk lid swings open, blocking rear visibility, or even worse, sending the contents of your trunk flying through the air. Not an ideal situation.

Hidden body damage 

Even when there appears to be no visible damage to your vehicle, critical components could be affected. Beneath the plastic bumpers, covers, and shields lie many delicate components, essential to the safe operation of your vehicle. Rear-end collisions often damage components beneath the surface. Many modern vehicles rely on plastic covers for aesthetic purposes, however, these plastic covers provide little to no real protection for your frame and other essential vehicle components. Behind your bumper cover, there is a multitude of pieces that you cannot see that could be damaged and that should be checked.

Transmission issues 

Unfortunately, rear-end collisions have a high probability of causing transmission issues. Many vehicles, particularly rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles have transmission components located toward the rear of the vehicle making them prone to rear-collision damage. If you experience issues like transmission slipping, difficulty shifting, or leaking transmission fluid following a rear-end collision, you should immediately take your vehicle to a professional mechanic for an inspection. If you continue to drive your vehicle in this condition, with the transmission showing signs of damage, you run the risk of causing further, more serious damage.

These are some of the things that you should look for and monitor on your vehicle after a rear-end collision. If you are concerned that your vehicle might have damage due to a rear-end collision, then we encourage you to bring it into Pfaff Autoworks. Continue browsing through our website for more information about our services. 

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