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

Vanessa Rawlings
Vanessa Rawlings

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

These guys know how to treat their customers. My car had a weird ABS problem and Tracy and the team knew exactly how to handle it. Very flexible with my schedule and we’re so informative and knowledgeable. They were honest about pricing and very realistic about my car’s issue. Thank you for the outstanding care I will be back no question. Although hopefully not that soon ha ha!

Christine Cranston
Christine Cranston

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

I tried Tom's after years with another shop. The other shop's service had deteriorated over time and I could no longer trust them to do the right thing for my car and for me. The Tom's Automotive Service team is warm, friendly and most importantly, competent and honest. They first did an assessment of the car. Then, I got a call with each needed improvement estimated and prioritized. Now, that the car is fixed, it drives SO much better. It's a 2006 Honda CRV with lots of pep and strength. I will go to Tom's again. It's great to find such high quality car services in West Seattle (my own neighborhood). Thank you!

Charmaine Richardson
Charmaine Richardson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

What a great team at Tom's, they are so nice and keep me informed of everything as we go. I trust their advice and they treat my car as if it were their own. Such a great group of people.