When to Check your Car’s Steering & Suspension

Is your car pulling to the left or right? Or does the steering wheel feel wobbly as you’re going over the West Seattle Bridge? Might be your steering or suspension system.

It’s time to look at the steering and suspension when

  • You’re driving down the road and your steering feels loosey-goosey and you’re bouncing around
  • Or maybe it’s pulling to the left or it’s pulling to the right or you just feel it wobbly and it doesn’t feel normal
  • You hear strange rattles, squeaks or clunks
  • Parts or components actually fall out (This is when you’ve waiting too long to get your suspension inspected and repaired. You’ll probably also have it towed in if this is the case.)
  • You’re preparing to head out on a road trip

Sometimes it may feel “unstable,” but not always. (Usually, it doesn’t feel unstable until it’s in pretty bad shape.)

If you mention any of the phrases above when you bring in your car, or you schedule an appointment, we’ll be looking into the state of your car’s steering and suspension systems.

And even if you don’t mention it, or don’t notice anything, we inspect your steering and suspension with every oil service.

The front-end steering and suspension components that are most common in an inspection and service are: upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rod ends, control arms bushings, control arm assemblies, shocks, and struts.

Seattle’s potholes and front-end inspections

We suggest you have the front-end inspected and get an alignment service once each year, especially with the roads the way that they are, with lots of large potholes here in our wonderful Seattle area.

These take a toll on the suspension. If you accidentally go through a pothole you might not be aware that it affected something in your steering and suspension. The wear is not always noticeable in how the car drives.

This is also something that can be part of an oil service, or the bigger 30k, 60k, 90k, 120k or 150k services. Might as well get them done efficiently. Your time is valuable.

When was the last time you had your car’s front-end inspected and aligned? We can check our records for you if you’ve worked with us before. We’ll share when it was last done, and when it will be due again.

Our Reviews

Tom's Automotive Service
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4.7 out of 5 stars

Meg Halverson
Meg Halverson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

Everyone at Tom's cares about delivering great, expert service and keeping your car or truck in excellent mechanical condition. I have a 2001 Yukon XL which is a 3/4 ton towing vehicle and has been serviced at Tom's for 14 years. It has 187,000 miles on it, and I credit their commitment to excellent service and workmanship for the vehicle's longevity. They are the best in the business, and we are super fortunate to have them in West Seattle.

Cory c
Cory c

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Hands down the best auto shop I've ever been to. Tom's is always friendly, accommodating and takes time to explain the issue. Recently they went the extra mile on an issue with our car and spent time (that the dealer wouldn't) diagnosing, finding and fixing the issue. All for a fair price and with an incredibly helpful attitude. Don't hesitate for a minute to go to this locally owned small business who consistently knocks it out of the park. We've been going to them for 10+ years and always had A+++ customer service.

sishi691
sishi691

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

I called in to get oil change for my 2018 car and the guy who took my call told me about the importance of going back to the dealer for the first oil change so that we wouldn’t have any warranty issue in the future. He told me that he would be happy to work on our car next time. I’m definitely taking our car back there! Hard to find a place like this nowadays 🙂

Angelique Wouters
Angelique Wouters

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Thank you so much guys. They fixed my rear tyre for free! Now i can go on my roadtrip without any worries! Keep up the good work.

Holli Margell
Holli Margell

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

What I appreciate most about Tom's Auto in West Seattle is their level of customer service. Compared to a dealership shop, their personal attention to details like explaining the list of items your car needs in order of priority helps to break it down and not be overwhelmed. Yes, car repairs can add up, but their approach makes it palatable. It puts us in the position to prioritize what to take care of first. They are experts in auto repairs and customer service!