Steering & Suspension

Let’s talk about steering and suspension in your vehicle. These are two closely related elements that contribute so much to your vehicle’s handling and comfort when you’re on the road. When you feel like you have good, steady control in your steering and a solid, smooth ride, it feels safe.

When, however, it’s tough to turn the wheel, or if you don’t trust the accuracy of the turn of your steering wheel, that can feel scary.

These are a few of the main parts in your vehicle that have to do with the steering and suspension in your car, truck, SUV or hybrid:

Ball joints

Control arm bushings

Control arms

Electric power steering

Idler arms

Pitman arms

Power steering flushes

Power steering gear

Power steering hoses

Power steering leaks

Power steering pumps

Power steering reservoirs

Rack & pinion assemblies

Shocks

Steering boxes

Steering knuckles

Steering rods

Steering shaft

Struts

Sway bar bushings and links

Tie rod ends

Tracking arms

Trailing arm bushings

This is a picture of a broken CV joint on a Subaru.  If you hear clicking noises while turning don’t drive too long or this can happen to you and you’d have to be towed in!  This is something we inspect with every oil service to ensure that you are safe.

 

If you’re having trouble steering, or if it seems like you are feeling every little rock or tiny bend in the road, consider asking about your suspension or steering when you’re next in the shop. We’ll have a technician test drive your car with you, and we’ll make sure all is running smooth and right in your vehicle….with you.

When you’re ready, schedule your next service with Tom’s Automotive.
We’re definitely ready for you and your vehicle.

Our Reviews

Tom's Automotive Service
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4.2 out of 5 stars

Hannah Holmstrom
Hannah Holmstrom

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 days ago

The crew at Tom's is extraordinary. They were incredibly helpful, and when my car couldn't be saved, Bryce took time out of his day to give me direction on where to go and what to do. They were overly generous giving me ample time to leave my car in their lot while I figured out what to do with it. I would recommend Tom's to everyone! Such great people!!!

Kyle Freemantle
Kyle Freemantle

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Took in my Mazda for a 20k mile tune-up and had the most transparent experience with a mechanic I've ever had. Easy to work with, friendly staff, all that good stuff. I have a car that has relatively uncommon oil (0W-20) and within an hour of me dropping it off for service they called me up and told me they'd have to go and get some and how it would affect the cost of repair. This wasn't a surprise to me, but they're the first place that's actually given me a heads up. In any case, good and timely service at a reasonable cost. Definitely give them a try if you need service in West Seattle.

Suky Hutton
Suky Hutton

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Everyone at Tom's is a pleasure to work with: they're good listeners and generous problem solvers. They're clear about the repair work they suggest, they offer a range of options when that's appropriate, and their prices are fair. They also try to get you in as quickly as possible, sometimes immediately. I remain a grateful customer after 30 years!

Jim Hauser
Jim Hauser

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Tom's staff are reliable, honest and highly competent. I've been taking my cars there since the early 1970's. They kept my 1964 Plymouth Valiant running for 17 years. They now keep my Acura TSX running fast and smooth. I'm in for life!

Alan Audet
Alan Audet

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

This business has us as a customer for life! We brought in our car after the "Check Engine" light came on. The techs determined we need a new water pump, an estimated $1,100 job. But they went one big step further! They discovered the manufacturer is offering a FREE repair of the job under a special coverage warranty. How many businesses would genuinely pass on a job like this, more concerned with saving a customer money. I have heard great things about Tom's Automotive. I am pleased to add my story to the positive reviews! Thanks all!