Potholes keep mechanics busy

Garage mechanics in the Montreal area are overwhelmed with work due to the exceptional pothole season.

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“The famous potholes, it’s crazy! It’s worse than other years,” says Yves Malo, a mechanic from Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal.

He has to repair about two cars a day because of the holes in our roads.

“You arrive Monday morning and there are already two cars waiting in the driveway. The tires are on the ground, and not just one,” says garage owner Yves Malo & Fils.

One of their customers even got two punctures on the same tire in two days.

“We then changed the four wheels to fit smaller rims and thicker tires,” explains Steve Malo, who works with his father.

Sport vehicles and Teslas, which sit low to the ground and have narrower tires, are particularly vulnerable to road conditions, he said.

Redouane Temman, of the GJM garage, in the Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie borough, had to change the shock absorbers or the suspension of several vehicles.

“But most of the time, it’s tires that burst, rims that bend or deform,” he says.

Mr. Temman also believes that potholes are on the rise on the roads.

“That’s what has given the mechanics a job lately,” he says, adding that about seven to eight customers visit him every week for this reason.

Clogging operation

The City of Montreal began its operation on Friday to seal the potholes on its territory.

Mayor Valérie Plante recalled this week that the month of February was particularly difficult for the roads, due to its warmer periods, followed by moments of extreme cold.

The City had to suspend the sealing this weekend, due to the storm.

“You need a certain temperature, that it hasn’t wet or snowed for a certain period of time to be able to repair [les nids-de-poule] Montreal explained earlier this week.

–With QMI Agency


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