potentiometer killing bot

Hey everybody. My question is can over rotating a potentiometer kill your robot.

No, but it will usually destroy the pot.

Strictly speaking it doesn’t destroy the pot. It just causes you to damage the plastic stoppers that make sure you don’t go outside of the range the potentiometer can measure. The potentiometer should be fine however it won’t give you good data in the area it wasn’t meant to measure.

They don’t always break consistently. The actual wiper of the pot can bend and not work anymore.