POTHOLE PATROL: Freeze, thaw cycle leaves craters - FOX 35 News Orlando

POTHOLE PATROL: Freeze, thaw cycle leaves craters

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They can claim hub caps, blow out tires and bend rims -- and there will only be more of them emerging as the freeze and thaw cycle continues.

Most Minnesotans have been come upon that pothole in the road that it's too late to miss. The lucky drivers get a little rattled and continue on their way, but others aren't so lucky.

Mechanics say the low-profile tires are the most susceptible -- and recent weather has created the perfect recipe for ruining a commute.

"You can break an engine mount and transmission mount, a shock," said Drew Landaeta, of Bobby and Steve's Autoworld. "Mostly suspension stuff underneath."

Damage ranges from a flat tire to costly repairs, like a broken lower ball joint. Sometimes, a pothole can be the final straw after years of wear and tear.

It seems like they're everywhere lately -- off Highway 62 and Penn Avenue, near Fairview Hospital, on Highway 13 in Burnsville. So, where do they come from?

Most motorists know we've gotten enough snow to keep plows busy, but the yo-yo forecast between arctic blasts and above-freezing temperatures is making matters worse.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has been temporarily fixing potholes by filling them with cold patch, but it will be at least a month before the hot asphalt is up and running.

Each city has a different way to report a pothole, but in most cases, drivers can just call 311.

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